Crust band from Poland? Yes! Why not? Sturmovik is a rather young band and this CD is only their first album. But I take my hat off to them, these guys put everything that they had into this release and I felt that during listening. But, for now let`s focus on visual pleasure that is the cover art of this full length. I especially enjoy this piece, the artist has drawn an old plane from WW2 with a bit modern flair but I like it. It looks very handsome with the band logo. And if you open up the booklet, you will get a band poster, nice surprise isn’t it?
To be honest this debut album of Polish Sturmovik crashed around in my mind for a long time. I was quite surprised with it’s quality and material in general. All the songs remind me of the Swedish school of Crust, that was odd to me, but on the other hand it was a pleasure too. These brilliant musicians managed to create a really rock n roll album that could bite, haha! Everything is tied together song writing wise, and the album flows nicely. The music is heavy, well defined, with doses of melody that are simplistic yet catchy. Songs like “Matters Not”, “Bad Earth, Bad Sons”, and “Trial By Fire” feature plenty of catchy d-beat sections, fast punk riffs, and nice loud screaming vocals. In fact, “Matters Not” has quickly risen to be one of my favorite songs on this album. Very cool intro, swing and crashing rhythms, drop of melodies, awesome solos, caveman d-beats, screams and a ton of catchy moments. But after I put this CD in my player I discovered one frustrating thing… it`s sound. I got the feeling that I was listening “Destination Nowhere” on youtube and not from the CD itself. This spoiled the general impression of listening to this album.
Rating: 7/10 Sturmovik bc
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