My introduction to Drogher came through their song “Spinecrusher,” featured on their debut studio EP album, “The Last Wave,” which arrived in September last year. Upon listening to the track, I found myself grappling with mixed feelings about Drogher’s musical vision, yet it provided enough insight into their direction. Let’s explore the details.
At the forefront, “Spinecrusher” reveals distinct Gojira characteristics, leaving an indelible mark in my memory. The band demonstrates strength and muscle in their music, sound design, guitars, tone, mix character, production preferences, and instrumentation, at times bordering on an excess that raises questions.
The musical foundation of “Spinecrusher” showcases influences from old-school death, thrash, and modern metal, earning it the label of “modern death metal” for its contemporary sound. In addition to Gojira, I was delighted to discern elements reminiscent of classic acts like Slayer, Exodus, Crematory, and Kreator. Although Drogher hails from Luxembourg, their music carries the unmistakable Scandinavian death metal vibe, characterized by its bitterness, ugliness, and relentless nature.
Technically, the song adheres to Drogher’s strict musical vision, maintaining their modern death metal sound with pronounced Gojira influences. While sound design preferences can be subjective, the production standards deserve recognition for their high quality. “Spinecrusher” delivers a forceful message through its strength, energy, and overall impact. Personally, I find comfort in this sound, even though it may not have resonated deeply with me in terms of its ultimate vision.
Drogher exhibits potential in their energy level, tightness, execution, and adherence to a familiar musical concept, particularly for those drawn to the death metal sound. In this regard, “Spinecrusher” satisfies with its technicality, groovy elements, powerful riffs, monstrous dynamics, and well-balanced sound. It builds upon the foundation left by Gojira, expanding the narrow confines of death metal.