Plain - Plain
These Norwegian metalheads are out to conquer the world
This self-titled album is Plain's first full length release which contains 10 tracks of full of metal mayhem, influenced by varying styles of metal from the past 25 years. Including NWOAM, Grunge, Grindcore and Hardcore.
These metal guys hail from Oslo, Norway and have been playing live since 2012. The band consists of Karl Ove Jeppestol guitar and vocals, Morten Sigurd Hansen guitar David Solbjorg bass and Halvor Dahle drums. They have released four singles with two of them, Outside (2013) and Some Child (from this album) being regularly played on national radio.
To kick off we have Son which starts with thundering drums leading to the release of monster grungy riffs backed by gritty vocals. This then propels you to the front of the moshpit to get those neck muscles loosened for what is about to follow. Next up we have one of my favourites, iSleeper: Grindcore power, energy, aggressive vocals lift this track to another level. During this these clever guys throw you a curve ball, Babymetal. What, you say? Yep they have blended in a couple of choruses of young girls singing and it fits. Brilliant!
Ladder a grungy power track sang with awesome strung out vocals brimming with power and aggression. Riffs to the fore again leave you wanting more and more and here it is in the way of Down and Under with riffs to die for again, hardcore vocals cut through the wall of sound whilst the rest of the band rock as hard as they can. This leaves you saying to yourself, I need to see these guys live. Now my neck muscles are getting fucked up. Roadrunner and Outside continue the experience, both have power and melody and so keep you hooked. Some Child is starts with a funky bass intro, it’s so Flea. All of which leads you into a track of catchy metal but always with a funky rhythm undertone.
Flipside is a bruiser of a tune. Full on riffs, vocals, bass and drums entwined with melodic interludes ends the album in style. But has it ended? Well three and a half minutes after the music has finished a very short passage of words are spoken but they sound backwards. Subliminal message from the devil or just rubbish, we may never know. Many a year since bands had a bit of fun with that.
It’s great to see a band from the Scandinavian parts of the world not being of the Black metal or Retro-rock genre. This is an album full of metal anthems influenced by many bands of the past but Plain have stamped their own style on it, making quite a fresh listen. You can feel the passion these guys have through their music, respect due. All the tracks are full on rockers and to see them live would be an awesome experience. I do hope they can branch out from their home turf and become part of the European festival/tour circuit, they would be a welcome addition. They have produced an album they can be proud off and it has been a pleasure to listen.
Words: Brian 'Baldie' Mclean Twitter: @mclean428