(7/10) Some good news from Belgium, metal outfit Fields Of Troy released their album "Hardship" which sounds pretty good. It's actually the band's second disc recorded by the renewed band (only bassist Jürgen Elias is still on board). The debut was published already back in 2011 and was named "Black Rain".
The sound of Fields Of Troy can be described as alternative metal that sounds more American than Belgium.
After a short intro the 'real' album begins. "Cold Eyes" is the name of the opener that reminds of some Tool in the verse. It's the intonation that leads to this comparison while the guitars are very much US-inspired alternative metal.
"402" is one of the more aggressive song with some screams from frontman Louis Soenens included. Still the melodic parts don't go short. Especially the chorus is an almost catchy one, but however, the mighty riffs are definitely in the forefront.
Talking about riffs, there is a lot of Tremonti in Fields Of Troy's sound. The mentioned opener "Cold Eyes" is one of these tracks and "By Now" is another. The latter comes with some female vocals done by Mayken Hoessen which results in a song that has some potential and might get some airplay.
"The Passenger" is a more silent track that is a well placed break in the middle of the tracklist.
To sum up: Good album, good musicians, good rock music.
- Cold Eyes
- Chapel of Hate
- Copper Shores
- The Passage
- By Now (feat. Mayan Hoessen)
- Static Flow (Bonus)
Label: Dice Industries
Genre: Alternative Metal
Release Date EU: February 28th, 2016