Sandkamper is a new promising stoner rock/metal band I have discovered through Metalhead Community Submissions about two weeks ago with their addictive debut EP album; Narzissmus, which was released not long ago on January 3rd, 2020. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles that I am listening to tons of new music every day. And Narzissmus is one of the few albums that I have become addicted to. I strongly recommend you to give it a listen while reading the rest of the article.
It might sound strange to you but I have first discovered this; Stoner Rock genre with bands like Mastodon and Red Fang many years ago. I can’t say it’s my favorite music style, yet it is hard to resist. These bands are basically making progressive rock stuff with more energy in their songs and also more compact compositions. Narzissmus is perfectly fitting this description and in my book, it’s one of the fine examples of it. After listening to the first song of the album it was an instant approval for me. And I am delighted with my discovery.
I still remember the incredible energy of metal music got me into this in the first place, which still gives me chills every time I listen to it. Along with the exceptional energy, Narzissmus EP also has a delicious blend of old-fashioned and modern rock influences. These German gentlemen have a badass taste in music who have decided to keep everything as raw as possible. The whole album sounds super clear, honest, focusing mostly on melodies and the pure energy of the gained guitars. These characteristics are good enough for me to start following a band. Sandkamper gave me the same feeling with Red Fang in this way which blew me away.
The compositions are not simple. Everything has a brilliant balance. All of the songs are in the German language, yet I don’t give a rats ass when the music is this good. When you start listening to it, the overall vibe of the album immediately pulls you into its world. Just like I mentioned above, they have very successfully connected some badass old fashioned blues rock elements with modern melodic ideas, which is amazing. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles that the most important thing in any upcoming band’s music is the overall potential. Sandkamper has done a solid job in this way by not only showing great potential, but also professionalism, advanced sound quality standards, and most importantly, a powerful character in their music.