The hard rock act was formed in 2006 and issued an independent single called Металлическая ночь. New Rock of Moscow picked up the band and issued the 2010 debut Броуновское движение. Next came Metal Scrap. Drummer Petr "Jester" Fateev left the band in 2013. Metal Scrap Records issued the new album by Druknroll in the spring of 2016. The Russians’ latest was called In The Game. It was a departure for the band as it featured an English title. Druknroll’s Unbalanced album was issued by Metal Scrap through March, 16th.
DRUKNROLL – IN THE GAME – METAL SCRAP
The band’s monicker is something of a mystery to me. What does it mean? Did they drop an ‘n’ accidentally? Were they actually drunk when they invented the monicker and hence… well, you understand.
This Russian-based band believes itself to be “modern metal.” Fine, call yourself whatever nonsensical, meaningless or abstract label you wish, but is it any good? The answer mostly is ‘niet.’ There are the old cliché clean vocals mixed with growls. The good old K&F (Keyboards & Female Vocals) and the standard-issue final track, appropriately named Tears here that have the shrieking menstruating woman, er, proving her worth. My Role is a Russian foray into the world of slow and acoustic intros showcasing the band’s sensitive and hurt feeling. Incidentally, the songs are in the band’s mother tongue. The band has picked an English album title this time around, but its previous releases carried Russian titles. The pits of the album, however, are reached on The Loop Of World Creation. It features the band’s attempt at modernity and for bad measure throws in a clone keyboard of dummy burger and a clone of Poptera’s guitar sound. For my money, there probably are no two worse bands in the world than Pantera and Dimmu Borgir this side of Metallica so a special hatred and disdain goes to this terrible track.
With all that said, why is this a 40/100 and not a 0/100 or similar? The album has several isolated redeeming elements. First, the guitars can be impressive and on occasion quite listenable. The Wolf has a dual guitar harmony that is quite fine. My Role has a soaring solo and an impressive bass sound. The title has a worthy guitar lick. Such moments and a good sound are interspersed throughout the album.
The problem with Druknroll and bands of its ilk is that in its quest to be different and original they stray too far from the realm of fine taste and appeal and go where they should not. – Ali “The Metallian”
DRUKNROLL - UNBALANCED - METAL SCRAP RECORDS
These Russians' fifth release starts thrashy and speedy and for about a minute exudes potential but the clean vocals, piano et al bring it back to earth. The solo and riffing raise it again. In other words Hundred is all over the place. The title track introduces keyboards even earlier than one minute in, the song can even be a Kamelot one for about 30 seconds but travels into metalcore realms later. Bad Math is about numbers and math?! As expected it does offer a pinch of variety so perhaps it is about calculus and geometry at the same time. It's Not My Way is a 2018 version of power ballad. Philosophy Of Life features a mix of progressive and hardcore-ish sounds aided by some catchiness and proficient solos courtesy of Denys Malyuga. Malyuga does the lead work on six songs and shares the spotlight with Max Perepyolkin. On The Hook is as aggressive as the songs before it but suffers from the clean vocals dread. Eternal Confrontation suffers from the keyboards dread instead. Mirror and The Heroes Of The War keep the varied mantra going with pianos and more. Dark Matter starts very promisingly and is mostly enjoyable. Unbalanced is indeed unbalanced. – Anna Tergel