The Erkonauts is a promising thrash/progressive metal band I discovered two months ago through Submithub submissions with this amazing song, War Flamingoes, released as a single in 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, The Erkonauts was formed in 2014. The Swiss gentlemen released their first demo that same year, which sold 1000 copies and received critical acclaim (notably “Demo of the Month” in Rock Hard Germany #331). Shortly after, the band hit the road in September and toured in the USA, Asia, Europe, and Russia, sharing the stage with acts like Philm, Prong, Cradle of Filth, and Samael. They have started their careers with a long-play album called; I Did Something Bad (2017), then surprisingly released another full-length album, I Shall Forgive, in the same year. After three years, they released two more singles, War Flamingoes (2020), and Five Orange Seeds (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
The Erkonauts is a very impressive band, as you can also say by looking at their backgrounds and discography. First of all, releasing full long-play albums in the same year is quite odd, something we don’t see happening very often. I am not sure what was the actual reason behind that, yet it is an admirable thing to do without a doubt. I discovered The Erkonauts with War Flamingoes only. After hearing the minute of the song, I immediately decided to feature them here on Metalhead Community.
I am not sure how to define their musical style. They have a delicious blend of different styles in a very satisfying form. I can hear some influences from my personal heroes such as Slayer and Gojira in their music. They have the power, the drive, and the tension in a traditional metal song form. Overall, War Flamingoes is an exceptional track that immediately pulls the listener into its world. The dynamics of the song is quite exceptional; it takes you into the journey and leaves breathless until the end. I loved the tension and the gallop here in this example. The energy flow is beautiful, and the song never loses its excitement until the end. For this reason, I am quite impressed. I personally know how challenging it is to write music while keeping the flame alive from the beginning to the end without slowing down in any case. War Flamingoes, in this case, is a very professionally done, special song indeed.
The band is also showing potential here with their influences, musical blend, instrumentation, composing skills, and understanding of music. They have taken the best parts out of Slayer and Gojira; in other words, thrash and death metal pieces, and came up with their own version of it. And I have to admit; this is truly fantastic. Briefly, they have the vital characteristics of those bands I mentioned above, the depth, power, attitude, atmosphere, aggression, and speed. And I think these are more than enough to make the necessary impact in the early period of their musical careers.