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(7/10) Koen Herfst, the name might not ring a bell. Doesn't matter. I can give you some more insights. Koen is from the Netherlands and the guy is a drummer. But he isn't only a drummer, he is actually a very experienced one and you most probabaly have heard him already on some records.

Next to non-metal acts like Armin van Buuren the drum-fanatic from The Hague is also a fixed part of Dew-sented. Already the various styles of bands he contributed to with his drumming shows the wide spectrum of capabilities and passion. Next to Dew-sented Koen Herfst also worked with Revamp, Epica and some more.

After having done all this he decided that the time was right for a solo debut album. It got the name "Back to balance" and it comes with fourteen tracks, rounded off with a twelve page booklet.

The list of friends and guest musicians on this album is a pretty long one. Some of those are singers, like Mats Leven. This was an excellent decision because it opens the album to a wider group of metal fans.

The album starts with the modern "Here I Am" while the next track "Erase or Rewind" has a more alternative metal appeal. The next song is an instrumental that comes more complex and multi-layered. The beat is in focus and some samples make the song stand out from the rest. Weird but cool. This structure comes back in "1916", another non-vocal track on the album.

As I mentioned erlier Koen Herfst's musical preference is broadly-based and the songs on his solo debut reflect this very much. Let's take "Social Junkie" as an example. It begins with crazy electro samples follod by a guitar riffs that joins the show before the tune segues into a aggressive modern metal track.

"Never been so wrong" is another songs that's worth to be mentioned. It's a riff-based rocker with brutal shouts and screams in the middle part. This highly rhythmic section feels like a musical explosion.

All in all: Koen Herfst did all right on his debut. This album has a strong punch, musical variety and and excellent sound. Keep on drumming.

 

(7/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Here I Am
  2. Erase Or Rewind
  3. The Kramer
  4. I Don't Need To Tell You
  5. Total Hate
  6. Back To Balance
  7. Begone
  8. 1916
  9. Social Junkie
  10. Ghetto Cornetto
  11. Now Is The Time
  12. Siamese Support
  13. Never Been So Wrong
  14. Attitude Of An Astronaut

 

Label: Gravition Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release date EU: October 23rd, 2015

 

CD review KOEN HERFST "Back to balance"
Tag(s) : #Koen Herfst, #Rock, #Heavy Metal, #Modern Metal, #Alternative Metal, #News, #CD Review, #Nu Metal, #Thrash Metal

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