Netherlands – Audubon album review

Wildly eclectic East Coasters Netherlands hit all the highs and lows with new album. Check out our review here...

Netherlands 'Audubon' album cover

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Within five seconds, the juxtaposition of oddly angelic vocal high notes and dirty, low-end fuzz gives this NYC trio’s third album its reasonably unique selling point.

Audubon is a grab-bag of hip alternative sounds scooped from the past 45 years of rock and pop history, their Facebook page citing Van Halen, Can, Diamanda Galás, Prince, Slayer and The Cars among their inspirations.

Although Audubon is a distinctive, consistent whole, Netherlands’ myriad influences are worn all over their sleeves. There are soulful pop melodies, prog frills, mammoth sludge chords, krautrock grooves, faintly ironic riff-rock posturing and a spacey industrial vibe bolstered by the use of synth bass, delivered with eccentric noise-rock abandon. Timo Ellis has a voice that channels a dozen singers in one song, contributing to the sensation of being beaten about the head by an impeccable record collection.

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.