Evra: Lightbearer

Opposites attract for pace-shifting Danish bruisers

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Stoner hardcore sounds like an oxymoronic concoction.

Not ones to shy away from chucking these opposing styles in a blender, Danish mob Evra have come up with a recipe that works on their debut release.

Beginning with the harmonic strains of I Lysets Skær, which reaches through the clouds like an uplifting excerpt from Pallbearer, the tempo is thrust into a fly-kicking oblivion of screams and noisy aggression swaying between brisk hardcore rhythms and lurching dips into the murky underworld. The title track is an example of how the dissonance and spite can take on an upbeat feel, but elsewhere the album is a primitive medley of Southern tints, doomy undertones and a blend of The Haunted, Gallows and, vocally in places, Machine Head, especially on Paranoia and Washed Away. Although there are no standouts, ultimately their sound is fresh and throws a mean left hook.

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.