(8/10) Usually Sludge isn’t my most favourite metal genre. It’s a bit too much of musical anarchy especially when it comes to the vocals. However, there are some releases that draw my attention and the new longplayer of German High Fighter is such an album.
The Hamburg-based quintet, fronted by Mona Miluski, is a rather new band. Founded in 2014 the guys have already some releases on their list of achievements with ‘Champain’ being the newest entry.
The band describes their music as mixture of Sludge, Stoner, Doom and Metal. I think it describes very well what the new album has in the offer. Stoner-based riffs like in ‘Dead Gift’ go hand in hand with Miluski’s screams, both together giving you the shivers, not only for this song.
The interesting thing though are the breaks. Miluski shows her entire vocal range on ‘Champain’ since it’s not only the scream that impress, it’s the clean vocals too. The moment she changes her way of singing, the entire sound construct shifts towards Psychedelic Rock. I had to think more than once of Dutch Dool when I got to these moments.
‘Champain’ is an album that fuses musical freedom with an own vision of how High Fighter’s music should sound. Each of the songs on this album clearly expresses the musical dedication of each of the five band members and it’s the combination to the bigger picture that makes the difference. If you like Sludge or not, I can recommend to check out this release. It impressed me by its musical facets and openness for different influences.
- Before I Disappear
- Shine Equal Dark
- Dead Gift
- Another Cure
- I Will Not
- When We Suffer ( feat. Anton Lisovoj of Downfall of Gaia )
- A Shrine
Label: Argonauta Records
Genre: Sludge / Doom / Stoner
Release Date EU: July 26th, 2019