Abramis Brama - Nothing Changes
When Abramis Brama gives in to record an album in English after they been asked numerous times they choose to start the album with an instrumental track, makes perfect sense doesnt it? Nothing Changes is their third album and as mentioned their first in the English language, and as the title suggests this is merely to be seen as an exception, they will with their next release stay true to their native tongue. All tracks newly re-recorded for this album with new lyrics, five of the tracks is picked out of their full-length debut Dansa tokjävelns vals (1999) and four from their second album När tystnaden lagt sig (2001).
You could describe their music as stoner rock, or something
like Fu Manchu together with Kyuss meets Soundgarden all in the vein
of and heavily influenced by early Black Sabbath with a quick stop by
Deep Purple, we are talking heavy and groovy riff-oriented hard rock
rooted in the seventies with an up to date sound.
It is much of heavy and powerful groovy rhythms Abramis
Brama delivers, very much reminiscent of Black Sabbath with heavy Iommi
riffing and Sabbath passages within the music, the way the percussion
is used and sounds also helps to strengthen the comparisons.
Nevertheless it is great music they squeezes out of their
instruments, and when they put something that I believe is a key flute
in action it is pretty cool, it oozes of the spaced-out seventies in
the closing track Parts Of My Mind. Not to happy with the production
though, even though it got a nice live-feeling to it, it also tends
to feel a little low-budget, still within the frames of being cleared
as good, but barely.