Varkan - Back to the Butcher - (5.5/10)
Published on June 4, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona, home of metallic prowess such as Cavalera Conspiracy (and its various offshoots and sister projects), Flotsam & Jetsam or Sacred Reich and now also offering a quartet going by the name of Varkan and its debut single Back to the Butcher.
Varkan also is a band that definitely does not lack in self-confidence, quoting from their biography:
“An electrifying stage performance is their signature, as well as their unique sound.
The band combines a multitude of genres, including classic heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, and power metal to create something completely new, differentiating themselves from other musicians in the Phoenix scene.”
Going with “Back to the Butcher”, the band’s sound stands more in the junction of heavy and thrash metal, sabotaged by a somewhat unbalanced production, which doesn’t help their cause all too tremendously. They try to bring in some rhythmic variety and Alec’s mostly clear vocals are complemented by a few efforts to bring in a little more aggression, which she doesn’t necessarily execute in the way intended, but at the very least she is trying to avoid the full predictability many young bands get entangled in. The guitar work is probably the brightest moment, unfortunately it sees itself buried under and behind other instruments more often than not.
Granted, four somewhat underproduced minutes are not much to judge a band by, but while there is potential to be detected, it is still somewhat hidden and needs to be coaxed out in order to actually leave a real impression, half a point deducted for production values.