It takes talent and a big set of Jacobs to pull of danceable Metal. Seriously, it’s like trying to combine oil and water together for most bands, but occasionally there is one that is able to do it and do it well. STATIC-X comes to mind when I think of this, but there are very few that can do it with style. BOG-MOROK does it. And on can tell from “Stadiae II” that they are not just trying to make it work. They make it sound easy.
Considering that the band started off as a Doom/Death Metal act, this album is somewhat out of left field. There’s nothing wrong with out of left field, mind you, but just listening to the opening synthesizers on “No Fate” is enough to throw off most Metalheads. Just wait though and pretty soon one will find that BOG-MOROK is more than just Industrialized Metal. They are an atmospheric and efficient force to be reckoned with musically.
If I had to give a more proper comparison for “Stadiae II” and its relative sound then I would have to throw it up against Peter Tägtgren’s little side project PAIN. This in itself is a big compliment and BOG-MOROK is more then able to give PAIN a run for their money. “Stadiae II” is full to the brim of down-tuned riffs, synthesized and straight up harsh vocals, mechanical drumming, and danceable samples and synths. Some songs tend to really pull on that Discotheque feeling like the RAMMSTEIN sounding “Exile” while other songs tend to move towards the atmospheric and rather gloomy approach like that of the title track “Stadiae II” that boasts some nice melancholic guitar leads to balance the dance beats. Either way, “Stadiae II” moves more like a Modern dance album with an odd dark and violent side then its does as a straight up Metal record.
Warning: this album is not for everyone. I can already sense that most Metal fans would write this off as ‘not Metal enough’ for their tastes. It’s too bad really, because whether you define the music as Metal or not its still a damn good album. Makes me want to Mosh/Dance.
Songs check out: “Exile”, “Five Degrees”, “New Gloom”.
(Online August 31, 2009)