Is this the dawn of a new Breed????
Over the last 10 years or so, UK-based Gibraltan rockers Breed77 have treated us to their flamenco-tinged take on modern metal with a very distinct ethnically spanish sound, drawing comparisons to U.S latino metallers Ill Nino.
However, with the imminent release of their latest studio offering- Insects- we`re treated to a much heavier yet more polished and well-rounded slab of musical genius full of instantly catchy vocal melodies, blistering guitar solo`s and a thunderous rhythm section.
Relying alot less on their spanish guitar influenced sound of the past, and seemingly concentrating on simply writing the best metal album they could sees Breed 77 finally delivering the album we`ve all been waiting for.
That`s not to say that “Insects” predecessors were not good albums, just that you always felt like you were watching a band fighting to find their way whilst all the while hinting at the greatness to come when the pieces all finally fell into place, as they have done on this album.
Guitarists Danny Felice and Pedro Caparros trade solos effortlessly like a modern-day Downing and Tipton yet it is sometimes their simplest playing that finds the listener inadvertantly grinning like a cheshire cat whilst violently nodding along to the beat. Indeed the musicianship, completed by bassist Stuart Cavilla and new drummer Oscar Preciado Zamora is simply astounding as demonstrated on “In The Temple of Ram- Rise Of The Bugs”, – a five and a half minute instrumental that showcases the immense talent within this band.
Throw vocalist Paul Isola`s often brutal yet beautifully melodic voice into the mix aswell and you have a band that truly deserve to be recognised as a major player on the worlds stage.
Title track “Insects”, along with “The Battle Of Hatin”, “Wake Up” and “Who I Am” stand out as some of the best tracks the guys have ever written and will surely become a mainstay of the live set, however with an album full of songs this good, Breed 77 are going to be hard-pressed to decide what, if anything, to leave out. Rounding off the album with an explosive cover of The Cranberries “Zombie” is a masterstroke that really drives home the creative ability within this band- a song that is destined to cause a moshpit in clubs the world over.
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound Studios (NY) and co-produced by Guillermo `Will` Maya, “Insects” captures Breed 77 in all their layered, textured, multi-facetted glory that offers up new aural treats with every listen- an album which should be in every metalheads top three albums of the year!!!
Catch them live in the clubs while you still can because things can only get bigger and better for these guys when this album drops in November.