BOSTOK - LAND OF FIRE
Review by Sloof
Covered in an artwork where towers and bridges are collapsing, where fire is shattering and where the streets are no longer safe. Looks like an image of the world today. Well, the Spanish Metallers of Bostok seem to keep their eyes open to the actual position and despite the sad message, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, after listening to their music.
Bostok hails from the Alicante area in Spain and started around 2013, when the members teamed up and decided to start a band that is heavily influenced by major acts like Trivium, In Flames, Dream Theater while adding an alternative twist to the music. This debut album features 8 tracks and Metal Revelation from Holland is responsible for the promotion of the album. That’s a good move as Metal Revelation has already 26 years of experience in worldwide band promotion and they manage bands like Pegazus and Rebel Collective while they promote a dozen of other bands like Violent Divine, For All We Know and Highlord.
‘Land Of Fire’ is the debut album of the quintet that has only one guitar player (Manel Espinoza) in the lineup but to avoid empty spaces in the songs, they added a keyboardplayer (Senent Miró) to give a modern touch to the songs. Their vocalist (Sergio Jaén) has a very interesting and different voice that has a wide range, a necessity in this musical direction. Clean parts alternate with a growl and their first single and video release of the song “In The Shadows” gives a good example what Sergio is capable off ! I believe it’s one of the best songs on this album, a kind of masterpiece of Bostok. Don’t shoot me if I compare them with Bring Me The Horizon on their “Sempiternal” album, albeit the Spanish version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQTmCpSxvHY
‘Evil Come To Me’ is a very special track as the vocals of Sergio Jaén Torregrosa are more like whispering instead of singing. I’m sure that this track will become a favorite song at live gigs as the audience can participate from the beginning of the song. ‘Land Of Fire’ is increasing in pace again and has a very repetitive chorus. The vocals are like Gary Meskil (Pro-Pain) on an early Monday morning, but at the same time, it’s a kind of trademark for Bostok. Totally different is ‘Bother’, which is very willful from the beginning. Same goes for the rest of the album, as it’s incomparably with bands that can be considered as influences, but if I have to name one, I would say Ektomorf from Hungary. Bostok is original as they mix the music and surely strange vocals to something original which tends to linger, and only great bands and songs have that property.
My rating: 81 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish