Brain Puppet ‘The World Alight’
Album Review By Adam McCann
Independent Release/Alternative Rock
Throughout the last 20 years, there has been a revival in the alternative genre towards bands cranking up the noise and delivering powerful, addictive, DIY music. One such band are Brain Puppet, as the Swedish alt rockers deliver their debut album ‘The World Alight’.
What Brain Puppet offer with their debut album is a collection of songs that don’t mess with an established formula, from tracks which take advantage of the quiet verse, loud chorus dynamic seen endlessly within the alternative genre, to driving rhythms courtesy of a powerful drum and bass combo that has more in common with the alternative side of stoner rock. This allows Brain Puppet tracks such as ‘The Deception’ to have all the appealing punch of Queens Of The Stone Age and Red Fang, whilst ‘Absolution’ is reminiscent of the cowpunk beats offered by Meat Puppets. However, innocuously hidden within these songs are captivating melodies that have all the hallmarks of early Foo Fighters, which make ‘The World…’ so endearing. This DIY attitude, mixed with arena levels of hooks coupled with the vocals of Filip Åstrand swapping between a Dave Grohl roar to an ethereal Josh Homme delivery, especially seen during ‘Indifference’, ‘When Old Days Turn New’ and the title track make for an interesting and appealing combination.
With ‘The World…’, Brain Puppet have the opportunity to exploit this sound to an audience that will lap it up and this debut album is certainly a step in the right direction to better things.
Rating : 70/100
MHF Magazine/Adam McCann