Single review: EGONAUT, “The Pledge”

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Egonaut “The Pledge”, taken from the album “The Omega” (Mighty Music/Target Group) release in November 2017:

A chaotic soundscape of gloomy stoner-doom:

The Swedish quintet has released a single and video, ahead of their upcoming album “The Omega”. We’re taking it for a spin…

Formed by Fredrik and Markus in 2005, Egonaut have spent the last ten years refining their blend of stoner rock, seventies hard rock, metal and doom into a bastard child of those genres, carving their own niche that allows them to stand out in the ever so crowded metal scene.

Egonaut have also established themselves as one of Sweden’s most crushing live acts, leading to Egonaut sharing the stage with among others Hammerfall, Mustasch, Sonic Syndicate, Hardcore Superstar and playing at festivals like Sweden Rock, Peace and Love, Metallsvenskan, Putte i Parken mfl.
After releasing the critically acclaimed EP trilogy “Soundtrack to a Fistfight”, “Circus Egonaut” and “N-Pire” on their own label “Bastard Rock Records”, Egonaut signed with Rambo/Sony Music and released their full-length debut album “Electric” in 2011. The album received great response from several critics. This was followed by “Los Egonauts”, A three-track EP containing two B-sides from Electric and the new single “Cursed And Damned” which led to Egonaut signing a deal with Swedish retro-rocklabel Transubstans Records. Mount Egonaut saw the light of the day by the 27:th of March in 2013.

After a long summer of touring Egonaut began recording the third album “Deluminati”. Inspired by Swedish winter the album is filled to the brim with more darkness, aggression and melancholy than ever before. Reflecting on the state of the world today as well as the changes people face in life. “Deluminati” was released on Sweden Rock Festival in 2015.

Seeing themselves as a half-breed of Stoner Rock and Doom, this is certainly more in the doom-end of the scale, if you compare to Fu Manchu, who are the grand-daddies of Stoner.

This is a very dark sounding track, indeed. As the almost sludge-like intro mutates into the first verse, Emil Kyrk’s brutal growling voice pulls down a raw beastly curtain over the already chaos-like track.

Kyrk then changes to a rather beautiful singing style, sounding a little haunted, but totally pulls it off. Egonaut quickly fades into an otherworldly guitar play by Fredrik Jordanius, ending quite sudden accompanied by Dennis Zielinski’s Hammond organ. The 4 minutes and 53 seconds sounds long on paper, but this track its clearly put together in a way so the almost five minutes are over before you know it.

This style of music is not for everyone. For the genre, it’s a well-played piece of engineering, but may suffer the risk of being perceived as a little flat, as the track never seems to get going 100% before ending so sudden. It’s a gloomy and chaotic atmosphere, and the switch from a growling style to a more melodic singing style is a risky move, but is executed to perfection.

Egonauts fourth album “THE OMEGA” containing “The Pledge”, will be out on Mighty Music in 2017

Check out the video for the “The Pledge” below:

Based in Denmark, Jakob shoots portraits, conceptual photography, bands and rock concerts. Having played lead guitar in several bands, he combines his love for music, with his passion for photography.

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