Boarding has commenced!
-- Locus Control --
|■||Ben Mussely||Drums (on Liggur)|
[THE PICK-UP]I was contacted by Locus Control’s guitarist Koen a few weeks back. He remembered me from Rock Kappaert 2016, a festival which we both had attended and where I had shredded Loose License and Speed Queen. Koen offered me to send me a physical copy of his recently released full album Liggur. And of course I accepted so you know what’s coming next!
[THE SHREDDING BASICS]Liggur is Locus Control’s second independent album after their successful debut Attavita, which was released in February 2013. Like its predecessor, Liggur is a full instrumental album except for some occasional monologues. The band mixes elements from heavy, progressive, stoner and even thrash metal into their sound resulting in a style that can smoothly switch between slow, ambient rock and fast, powerful metal. Some tracks, like Capricorn One and Singapore-Newark, are great examples of how Locus Control transitions between those various heavy metal styles. There are also the two longest tracks on the album, both going over well over ten minutes, but because of the musical flexibility these songs never feel repetitive.
Other songs, like Le Diable De Tarot and Solliquy, are much shorter and more consistent in their style. Tarot is a balls to the wall thrash metal track while Solliquy is a peaceful acoustic guitar tune. And finally the ending track Beesting is a relaxing mix of guitar and keyboards that would actually fit very well for elevator music. Another element I dig a lot about Liggur is the huge emphasis on bass throughout most of the album. I love bands that pay proper respect to this amazing instrument and in the case of Liggur it gives the heavy parts of the EP a thunderous feel. Hell, there are even a few short bass solos spread around the album. Cliff Burton takes his hat off to you, guys!