DRUKNROLL "На Лезвии Ножа" 2012
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:
1.Лицом К Лицу
2.Адреналин
3.Свет Ночной Звезды
4.Печаль
5.Живой Изгой
6.На Лезвии Ножа
7.5 Секунд
8.К Бесконечности
9.Не Убивай
10.Тучею Кружило

 

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Ausser dem Bandnamen sind alle Informationen im Booklet des Albums von DRUKNROLL in kyrillischen Schriftzeichen verfasst. Verzichten wir also auf Songtitel oder ähnliches und beschränken uns auf die Tatsache, dass die Band eine Art von Happy Metal spielt, ohne dabei kitschig zu wirken. Das Grundgerüst ist moderner, harter Metal ist, der gut gelaunt klingt, irgendwie nach Easy Listening. Die Buben verbinden russische Einflüsse mit Elementen, wie man sie von Pantera und Metallica kennt, und wirken dabei extrem originell. Die Vocals wechseln zwischen melodischen Chören und typischem Thrash-Style, wobei die russische Sprache ein interessantes Flair versprüht. Zudem schaffen es die Musiker, fast hymnische Elemente einzubauen, die zu begeistern wissen. Der einzige Kritikpunkt besteht in der Gleichförmigkeit, die sich auf Dauer einstellt, aber ehrlich gesagt stört dies kaum, denn "На Лезвии Ножа“ tönt urig und macht Laune. Das Songmaterial der Band kommt bestimmt gerade live richtig gut an. DRUKNROLL scheuen sich auch nicht, frech und frei bei allem zu klauen, was ihnen in den Weg kommt, und sind somit zumindest stilistisch nicht eingeschränkt. Da wird mal eben ein rockiges Element an einen Hardcore-Part gepackt, da wechseln Thrash-Shouts über zu Maiden-Epik und so weiter – was für ein cooles Album. "На Лезвии Ножа“ ist sicherlich eine der originellsten Platten in dieser Ausgabe und spricht unterschiedliche Metal-Lager an… Okay, eingefleischter Black Metaller sollte man vielleicht. nicht sein. Dass Cover mit der Samurai-Schnitte gefällt übrigens auch.

12 Punkte
Olaf Brinkmann (LEGACY #79)

From Russia, Druknroll features heavy riffs and hateful vocals, this band is able to create an original sound of heavy metal with haunting melodies, great drummings and great riffs. This band is a real treat.

Paul Caravasi (AQUELARRE ZINE)

slowly we rot magazine 2The Russian scene is so big and unfortunately so sealed within its own borders that when you come across such a band as Druknroll you wonder where are they hiding and why are they so little known. Metal Scrap Records is one of those labels working hard to get their bands out there all over the World and although Druknroll is an excellent band from all points of view their Russian lyrics will act like a barrier. Their music is impressive: on a skeleton of traditional Heavy Metal they managed to build in so many directions that I'm simply astonished by their versatility. The progressive, modern elements are all over, on the rhythm breaks and changes, keyboards, vocals, and in general on the whole songs structures, and even though they play a lot with the rhythms the music has its needed fluency. A Heavy Metal ballad would have been the cherry on top of this cake although several tracks have also some melodic, balladesque parts. Excellent, excellent release, don't miss it even if you don't know Russian language!

9.5/10
Adrian (Pest Webzine/Slowly We Rot Magazine #2)

total death zine 7Ha, kolej na zespół który nie pała się ani napierdalaniem death metalu, ani black metalu, ani nawet thrash metalu. Muzyka Drunkroll to połączenie heavy metalu i hard rocka z tym że, nie znajdziecie tu typowych dla tamtych gatunków wysokich wokali. Koleś odpowiedzialny za śpiew posiada mocny, gardłowy vox, którym bardzo dobrze operuje. Czasem zapuści się w wyższe rejestry (nie jest to klasyczne heavy metalowe wycie), a czasem nawet zaryczy growlingiem. Do tego często w refrenach wspomagany jest chórkami. Jeśli chodzi o samą muzę to Druknroll zdeczka miesza czasem jedzie w stronę połamanych, progresywnych rytmów, czasem zahaczają o bardziej agresywne riffy, a czasem grają na nutę mocno melodyjną, ocierającą się gdzieś o mocno słodkawo-mdłe klimaty dla niedoruchanych pannic z gimnazjum. Goście do swej muzy wplatają sporo dodatkowych elementów, takich jak rozbudowane partie klawiszy, saksofony, dziecięce chórki, akustyczne wstawki, solóweczki no mnogo tu wszelakich upiększaczy. Nie wiem kurwa jak oni to robią, ale chwała im za to, że wszystkie te elementy potrafią złożyć do kupy i słucha się tego naprawdę wyśmienicie. Wszystkie numery odśpiewane są po rosyjsku i powiem wam, że mi absolutnie ten fakt nie przeszkadza. Ba, płyta ta dość często kręci się w moim samograju, bo lubię zapuścić sobie ten materiał, gdy mam lekki nadmiar death metalowego rozpierdolu czy blackowej ciemności „On the Knife Blade” to taki elegancki wentyl bezpieczeństwa.

Total Death zine #7

apocalyptic rites 6Drunkroll to kapela z Rosji. Opisywany poniżej materiał jest podobno drugim w ich w ich dyskografii. Nic nie wiem o tej kapeli ani o poprzedniej płycie. Dlatego też bez zbędnego pierdolenia przejdę do badania zawartości tejże. Niestety nie jest dobrze. Drunkroll zapodaje … nie wiem co.
Jakby nowoczesny awangardowy Rock/Thrash/Groove. Sporo solówek i melodii. Do tego gęste bębny i mocno pokręcone rwane tempa. Szybkie i ostre riffy przeplatane są jakimś plumkaniem i brzdęknięciami. Awangarda objawia się jakimiś zaśpiewami a la chór Aleksandrova, tudzież innymi trudno rozpoznawalnymi dźwiękami. No i wokale. Różnorodne to fakt. Od wrzasków i growli po śpiewy … czasami nawet podniosłe. Niestety są rosyjskojęzyczne a język ten to moim zdaniem słabo wypada w metalu. Muza raczej dla poszukujących niezłego stylistycznego rozpierdolu.

Apocalyptic Rites 'zine #6

rlyeh 11Z okładki patrzy na nas laska rodem z filmu „Kill Bill”, wewnątrz wszechobecna cyrylica… w końcu lekko poirytowani odpalamy krążek. Płyta zaczyna się jakby niemrawo, chciałoby się powiedzieć „zbyt czysto”, „za technicznie”, ale po kilku minutach optyka się zmienia i faktycznie to co tworzy DRUKNROLL zaczyna do nas docierać jakby innymi kanałami. Chcemy powiedzieć, że tę muzę bardziej się czuje, niż jej słucha. I chyba coś w tym jest. Thrash / Death Metal z elementami pewnej dzikiej subtelności okazuje się być czymś świeżym, a okraszony do tego orkiestralnymi chwilami aranżami naprawdę robi wrażenie. I nawet jeśli wydaje się nam, że nie jesteśmy żadnymi „open minded”, to ta muza już przy trzecim kawałku zdaje się kompletnie przejmować nad nami kontrolę. Wiemy już, że DRUKNROLL  to coś specjalnego, coś co wymyka się klasycznym ramom gatunku. Całości dopełniają wspaniałe wokale, chóry, solówki, czy misternie sklecone smyczni, trąby… „Na Leżwii Noża” to płyta zaskakująca, świeża i niepowtarzalna. Aż chciałoby się powiedzieć, że tak chwilami mógłby brzmieć kolejny krążek EMPEROR… Dziesięć wspaniałych hymnów. Mus absolutny!

9/10
R'Lyeh #11

 

Na pierwszy rzut ucha płyta „On The Knife Blade” DRUKNROLL wydaje się dosyć wtórną próbą połączenia mocnych gardłowych wokali, klasycznych heavy metalowych riffów i klimatycznych, czasami dominujących klawiszy. Nie wiem, czy od razu powinienem zaznaczyć to skojarzenie, ale słyszę tu trochę bardziej oryginalne pomysły niż robi to ETERNAL DEFORMITY. Jako że bardzo lubię ten żorski, nie mam więc skrupułów z tym porównaniem i jest to zdecydowana zaleta DRUKNROLL. Ale to jest jedna strona medalu. Kiedy mamy trochę brutalniejsze, połamane dźwięki. Z drugiej strony, w momencie, kiedy muzyka DRUKNROLL poddaje się dominacji melodyjnych dźwięków klawiszy, słyszę tu jakiś atmospheric, romantic... nie wiem, co. Trzeba szczerze przyznać: obie te wersje wydają się po większej ilości przesłuchań albumu „On The Knife Blade” coraz bardziej ciekawe. Lider, również nazywający się Druknroll, postanowił sam realizować swoje muzyczne pomysły i marzenia. Rzeczywiście ma facet łeb do fajnych konstrukcji, bo czy jest to granie melodyjne i „chwytliwe”, czy zagmatwane, zakręcone ciężkimi riffami, nie nudzi się i daje porządną dawkę klimatycznego heavy z ciekawymi melodiami i niemelodiami też.

5/6
Korbolkatus (Atmospheric Magazine)

Druk'n'roll are a band from Ukraine that plays a very symphonic form of metal mixed in with some thrash and death metal influences and this is a review of their 2012 album "On The Knife" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown into the music, while the keyboards bring in a very dark and symphonic sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine traditional, symphonic, thrash, and death metal together to create a sound of their own in addition there is a good amount of hard rock influences in the music as well as some clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic and skilled sounding heavy metal/hard rock guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars they use finger picking to bring an 80's hard/rock sound to the music, in addition there is a brief use of slide guitar playing being used on one song.
Vocals are a mixture of normal and rough clean singing vocals mixed in with some death metal growls, while the lyrics cover everyday themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound to it.
In my opinion Druknroll are a very great sounding symphonic heavy metal/hard rock/death metal hybrid and if you are looking for something that is different, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Face To Face" "Live Outlaw" "On The Knife Blade" and "Whirl By Cloud". RECOMMENDED BUY.

OccultBlackMetal (The True Bringer Of Death Zine)

Marvellous and original instrumental work with anticlimactic voices!
Formed in Russia by the mainman Druknroll this band released a CD I’ve never heard about called  Броуновское Движение (Brownian Motion) and due to their alleged success in their Eastern European area, he’d decided to join forces with Jester (drums) Alex Knip (producer, lead guitar, FX) and Horror (vocals). More on this guy properly named Horror later….
Their sound is a myriad of styles never being based in a single one, going from rock n roll, melodic death, trad heavy metal, and even some hard rock insertions which they call “modern metal”.
The musicianship of the boys is second to none, with the richness of styles causing more good than harm. I confess I didn’t like this album on the first hearing, but it has grown on me. They are no Dream Theater, sometimes they cannot conceal they are new in the scene by some ingenuity of some compositions, showing their greenness but for the talent and some kind of originality in a world when one band gets a style and sticks to it, they deserve kudos. The solos are marvellous and their brazen way of changing from a Steve Vai oriented guitar, to hardcore pacing is interesting to say at least.
That said I’ll not enumerate songs one by one and won’t give any highlights, I just need to say that if they stick to their guns they will really get somewhere. By which I meant that they have more qualities than flaws, but when the flaws appear, they really appear!
First and foremost, the great culprit for this album not being a 100% is the aforementioned vocalist Horror. His vocal is HORRIBLE, and yes, the pun was intended! His voice simply doesn’t fit with the rest of the band, his ideas for the choruses are simply terrible, opprobrious and make me want to put my head inside the ground. It’s a hit or miss, sometimes when he decides to put a guttural tone here and there, the thing works, but when he decides to put some melody into his voice, it sounds like that a  friend who begged to be in a band to be a rock star and his corny delivery almost sends the whole work down the drain.
Thanks to the competence of Druknroll (the guy himself) and the boys, they manage to keep the nuclear disaster away.
In the end On The Knife Blade (На Лезвии Ножа, the original title in Cyrillic) has my vote for boldness. Go for it if you have an open mind and want to hear something new, and different. Just be warned of the HORROR ahead of you!

metalasfuck.net/zine

No… I didn’t spell the name wrong. Although us North Americans would love for it to be “Drunk Roll” it turns out the band and namely the fire blood of the band happens to be Russian and his name is spelled “Druknroll.”
My experience with Russian metal bands is limited. We have covered a few in the past and I have listened to Hammerfall. Most of the bands stay in the power or symphonic metal range, but Druknroll surprised me right out of the gate by making music that really doesn’t fit in a genre. It bounces from genre to genre while at the same time keeping its fluidity and cohesiveness.
The band started as a project for the musician Druknroll to express the music he wanted to play. The solo project started innocently enough, but when others heard the music and clamored to join; the band version of Druknroll was officially born.
Success followed with appearances all over the web for promotional videos they have done featuring local bikers that loved the band and heavily promoted it around the region. With one album “Brownian Motion” behind them, “On the Knife Blade” appears to be a very natural progression for a complicated band with a complicated sound.
I say complicated, but only in the manner of technical merit the band holds. As musicians they are on their game. Blending melodic death metal, progressive drum work, and rock riffs together takes skill on the equipment and equally as good song writing. The solo work alone makes this album worth the price of admission.
As much as I enjoyed listening to Druknroll work their magic it would be remiss for me not to mention an obvious glaring deficiency the band has. The vocal work is spotty. Horror on vocals doesn’t appear to have the voice or ability to keep up with his counterparts. The vocals come across as weak sometimes and forced other times.
I can’t sit here and say Horror is not a good vocalist, but there is certainly more to the lack of vocal polish then the mix. It could be that gifted musicians like Druknroll are going to make any voice seem like the weakest element. I just couldn’t get over the fact that song after song I was wishing for an instrumental album.
Druknroll has a lot of promise that could lead them to stages throughout the world. They just have to decide what voice is going to get them there.

Martell (www.welovemetal.com)

Druknroll might be a weird band name but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out this band if you like industrial/thrash metal light. This isn’t as bad as it may sound. For most parts it’s like any other thrash metal album. Nothing strange about it at all. They just through in some time changes and breaks and a bit of noise here and there. A keyboard or two makes appearances but other than that the guitars chug away like any other good thrash metal record. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical before I actually got round to hearing this but I must say that they proved me wrong on more than one levels. If thrash metal is your fancy then and you don’t mind keyboard and clean vocals then you might find a new favourite in Druknroll. I know I have.

Anders Ekdahl (BATTLE HELM)

That's funny, an album where only the bandname is readable. CD title and song titles are printed in Russian. I had to Google to find the album title and that appears to be ‘On The Knife Blade’ by a band that is named after its leader. Must be a Russian sense of humor. What isn't funny but downright good is what these guys have recorded. It is a mix of styles from rock 'n roll to hardcore and plain heavy metal. And they are really good on their instruments as well, which makes that the album needs a few listens before you its true meaning. An album that is both varied and attractive and should be able to get a high score, but... there is this vocalist with the apt name Horror and he really brings the whole album down with his weak performance. He comes up with melody lines that are atrocious and that really do not fit the song, But fortunately the other gentlemen make the songs a fine listen with their skilled performance so the final score is still bearable.

65/100
Berto (Lords Of Metal)

I'm listening Russian band Drunknroll's new album, I heard that this is their second album but I don't have any idea about first. Coverart reminded me Jig-Ai, but bands are irrelevant as musically.
Music sounds like melodic death metal but construct of compositions are heavy metal with modern and progressive touches. I've never listened a band like Drunknroll, they are really interesting. Different and technical riffs with progressive/heavy metal structure. Interesting clean vocals used, maybe it would be a little more different, anyway it sounds good, also brutal parts sounds good. Guitar solos and solo tones are very succesful, keyboards are so nice. All lyrics are Russian, also albums original name is "На Лезвии Ножа".
I can recommend this album who wants to listen some modern metal and interesting stuff.

8.5/10
Goremented (EXTREMINAL Webzine)

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