Stangala -Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All

'Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All' is the debut album from French Stoner/ Rock band Stangala. It's a bit different from the average Stoner Metal band in the sense it isn't all about slow, distorted guitar passages in somewhat upbeat formulas with raspy singing and snarling. Most of the album is broken up by the usual vocal led tracks and then including some instrumental tracks here and there; some more random than most. The more vocal led tracks are either the upbeat, fuzzy enjoyable Rock oriented pieces like "Bigoudened An Diaoul" which sound like they take influence from Queens Of The Stone Age or Stoned Jesus, but even these are innovative by the use of fading out vocals, adding in some bagpipes, and overall keeping an atmosphere that isn't as begrudged as some might be used to. "Doom Rock Glazik" is probably the 'cleaner' track on the album with a solid sound that isn't distorted and could almost be considered mainstream for the structure. On the other hand a track like "Al Lidou Esoterik An Dolmen Hud" is much more distorted and slower, meant for the more typical appreciator of Stoner/ Sludge Metal with its pyschedelic moments of slide guitar, low fuzzy pace tinged with Grungle influence and overall depressing tone that is a huge difference from the more upbeat ones.

The instrumentals on the album are where things really get fun (or a mind trip). "Kalon An Noz" is just bagpipes and flutes- a huge difference from the buzz of guitars. "Deus Bars An Tan" is as distorted as one can get, feeling more like a Sunn O track with a haunting, slow lo fi tone and spoken word bits right before faded screaming; it feels like 'The Black One' all over again- freaky stuff. Finally there is "Langoliers" which most will find themselves comfortable with for its Rock oriented rhythms and being more on par with the rest of the album and not as psychedelically influenced. Still, these little bits really help make the album feel more than just another Gloomy Sunday or Heavy Lord copy, which also resides on Solitude Prod's label. It's nice to hear something different for a change while not being so radically different it feels alienating.

  1. Doom Rock Glazik
  2. Al Lidou Esoterik An Dolmen Hud
  3. Kalon An Noz
  4. Sorcerezed
  5. Deus Bars An Tan
  6. Langoliers
  7. Bigoudened An Diaoul
  8. Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All
  9.  Izel Eo An Dour
  10. Mij Du