Watching Hotel Essex was the first time hearing about such an interesting band, Commando, a thematic project with quite an established musical blend and solid artistic vision. Although I don’t necessarily listen to Nu Metal or Rap Metal myself, I had to give this band the credit they deserve.
First of all, Commando is a great example to see how a massive difference a charismatic frontman can make. I haven’t seen such figure as Commando’s vocalist, Juba Kalamka in the metal scene before, who can get this personal on stage which looks natural on him. He is quite a character who can get this band to the top level in this business.
Musically, I believe Commando has separated themselves from the rest of the world with their “traditional” sounding instrumentation. Cause most of the time, rap metal bands sound too rap or too modern metal nowadays, I prefer listening to Commando’s style in this way. They also have a Ghost kinda theme which makes a powerful collective with a solid plan.
Lastly, Hotel Essex also stands out with its artistic vision. All those I mentioned above as the theme of the band idea was perfectly executed, even though the video gets ugly from time to time the viewer never loses the excitement until the last second.