Lockdown might be easing for millions but bands are still operating in splendid isolation as social distancing prevents the return of live music. Iman, of fast-rising rockers Hawxx, reveals the records keeping her band sane during a period of intense frustration.
Veil Of Maya – False Idol
I just think the whole album from start to finish is brutal – in a good way! There’s a great mix of singing, melodies and screaming and I love that combination. Rhythmically it really works and it’s just got that Djent vibe running through the whole record. I love polyrhythms too and False Idol is full of them.
After The Burial – Evergreen
I had a hard time here because I love After The Burial. There were three albums that I could have chosen and Evergreen is one of them. I went for this one mostly because of the guitar work. There are some awesome solos and it’s just a really cool record.
Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion
This one’s an instrumental record that came out in 2014. The guys in Animals As Leaders are amazing musicians and this is probably my favourite album of theirs. It’s heavy and introduces a lot of Djent-style stuff but they’ve thrown in a bit of everything – even Flamenco – and it’s got a really cool groove.
The Dead Weather – Horehound
This is one of my favourite albums lyrically. There are so many songs on this album that are just great lyrically and stylistically. It’s got an old school feel. I wouldn’t say the production is bad – that’s not really the thing. It’s rough and ready which I really like. If it had been over-produced then it just wouldn’t be the same. It’s an album with loads of attitude.
Polyphia – New Levels New Devils
They’re from Texas and another largely instrumental band. In some respects they’re similar to Animals As Leaders but they’re a bit more modern in their sound and even throw in some hip hop vibes. The rock, metal and Djent stuff is prominent but they do like to mix things up and even introduce a few electro beats from time to time. The bass player in the band is amazing and is one of the main reasons I love Polyphia. Check them out!
Puscifer – Money Shot
I love Maynard James Keenan. He’s been involved in so many awesome projects including Tool and A Perfect Circle and this is just one of the many, many things that he does – and does so well. I like pretty much all of the songs here but The Remedy is probably my favourite. Overall, I love the lyrics and the storytelling style that underpins Money Shot.
Uneven Structure – 8
I came across this band by accident! I do a lot of digging for new bands haven’t heard before and I came across this music when I was first getting into the Djent style of music. They’re a French band from Metz and this is their first EP. They’ve released three full-length albums in the last 10 years but this came out in 2009. It’s awesome. It starts off really heavy and finishes really heavy but in between it’s got so many cool riffs and I love the singer’s voice. His tone is gritty but he’s also got a great singing voice and a good scream. I love the overall heaviness here.
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Spoilt for choice again! This is my favourite but I think I first discovered them when White Pony was released. I guess I was a bit late to the party but then I just went through their entire back catalogue and this is probably my favourite Deftones album. I go through phases but this is the one that I sing along too time and time again. It’s perfect for lockdown and just as good for getting everyone going on the tour bus. It kicks off with the title track and it’s such a strong opener. From start to finish the musicianship is on a different level.
Lamb Of God – Sacrament
My favourite out of all of their albums. I bought it on the spur of the moment at HMV. I’d never heard any of their stuff before but I was drawn to Sacrament and thought I’d give it a go. There are so many great riffs and incredible songs that I realised I’d made a good decision after the first play. After that I became a big Lamb Of God fan but I have so many great memories attached to this record.
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
My favourite album of theirs is actually The Subliminal Verses but this new newest one is a fantastic singalong Slipknot album. Corey Taylor has the full package: a great singing voice and a phenomenal scream. I haven’t seen them live yet but they’re on the bucket list. They look amazing and I can’t think of a better night out.
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