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Make Me A Donut: Bright Side

Djenty Swiss mentalists with some holes left to fill

If asking someone to make you a donut in Switzerland is normal then fair play, otherwise this band are totally bonkers.

And judging by the cacophony of rough djenty chugs, belchy vocals and harrowing post-metal sound effects you’ll probably opt for the latter. While MMAD’s debut album, Olson, sounded like an overgrown toddler throwing a strop to Meshuggah, this follow-up, though suffering from that overused palm-muted stammer, is more experimental.

But that’s no guarantee of a good thing. Instrumental filler I Awareness dabbles with a promisingly macabre Eastern vibe, and the fluid guitar tone is welcoming amongst the rancid jackhammering, but the unmelodious kilter of tracks like Nominatus Padre are a little hard to stomach.

Bright Side is essentially a tale of two bands – the one that attacks with brute force (including when iwrestledabearonce’s Courtney LaPlante appears on the title track) and the other that drifts off into ethereal Chimp Spanner space. Less of the former would make a big improvement to what could well be a decent next album.

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.