Some of this stuff reminds me of Clutch and, to a lesser extent, Red Fang. Add more focus on punchy, up-tempo, often galloping riffs (and beats) and you have an album that puts a smile on my face every time I'm listening to it.
Favorite track: Beat You To The Punch.
Eindhoven Stoner/sludge formation KOMATSU got noticed, both in their homeland as abroad during 2013. Among other things, the hard working band gave a successful performance at the Speedfest festival (Eindhoven, Holland), where they were joined on stage with non other than John Garcia (Vista chino, ex-Kyuss, Hermano, Slo Burn, etc.) to perform the Slo Burn cover song ‘July’. In addition the band released a split-EP with the English rockband Desert Storm and played several successful shows and tours in Europe. After the raving reviews of their debut album ‘Manu Armata’, this album will now be released in England, via Blindsight Records.
After releasing their first self titled EP ‘KOMATSU’ in 2011, the band hit the studios at the end of 2012 to record what is to become their first full-length album: ‘Manu Armata’.
Non other than producer Theo van Rock, who has worked with major bands like Tool, Rollins band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ween, helps them during recordings. They manage to capture the heavy and thrusting distinctive sound KOMATSU is known for while maintaining an accessible and open feel. On ‘Manu Armata’ you’ll hear eleven songs with powerful and filthy stoner guitar-riffs, raw vocals, crushing drums and uncompromising (instrumental) tracks with sound-samples. Suburban Records releases the cd for ‘Manu Armata’ and the brand new record label Lighttown Fidelity, releases the album with beautiful artwork on vinyl.
The international press gets excited. Several renowned music-magazines reward the album with high ratings (Aardschok 82/100, Rocktribune 88/100, Powermetal 85/100, Up Magazine 92/100, Lust for Life magazine and Eindhovens Dagblad (local newspaper) give 4 out of 5 stars). They rate Komatsu to the top of the Dutch heavy rock scene.
After a successful tour in the UK (december 2013) the ‘stoner-jugernaut’ Komatsu now heads for England again in July 2014. At July 7th 2014 ‘Manu Armata’ is available in the UK. More information about the promotion-tour shall follow soon.
released July 7, 2014
Recorded and Mixed by Theo Van Rock @ Studio Popei Eindhover
Produced By Theo Van Rock & Komatsu
Mastered By Mo Truijens @ Studio Popei Eindhoven
All Songs Written By Mo Truijens except 'Fasten Your Belts'
Lyrics by Erik Van Schenk-Brill & Mo Truijens
Published by NFL/TALPA Music
Artwork & Design by IGOR - WWW.IGORISM.COM
Photography by Saskia Kropff, Studio Stuimig