Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Grenouer - Computer Crime

Grenouer have been in the Russian metal scene since 1992, and have accumulated 5 full-length releases as well as a handful of EPs and splits in their decade long career. Their music has evolved slowly over time, originating in the genres of thrash and death metal before slowly progressing to industrial and then to what they are now, which is more of a mainstream modern rock style.

Genre: Thrash/Death Metal (early), Industrial Metal (mid), Rock (later)
Label: Copro Records
Release Date: November 21st, 2011

  1. Last Stop
  2. Rejected
  3. See No Sun
  4. Fix Your Life
  5. Golden Years
Total Playtime: 18 minutes, 59 seconds











Rating: 9.0/10





Grenouer have been in the Russian metal scene since 1992, and have accumulated 5 full-length releases as well as a handful of EPs and splits in their decade long career. Their music has evolved slowly over time, originating in the genres of thrash and death metal before slowly progressing to industrial and then to what they are now, which is more of a mainstream modern rock style.

Computer Crime is a tight and shiny little five song EP, full of crisp pristine audio clarity. Which is the way it should be, seeing as it was recorded and produced in Finland by the platinum selling Anssi Kippo and Jonas Kooto. This should also go to say that the mastering is fairly spot on, however the bass track is a little overpowering and at some points, slightly distracting. With the high production value, clean sung vocals and catchy hooks, the material sounds like something that would be worthy enough to be heard on a local (or if you're lucky, Sirius) radio station.

Even though this EP has an undoubted modern rock style, Grenouer haven't forgotten their roots. In the slow paced "Golden Years" track there is a small industrial-esque intro and outro. "See No Sun", while also one of the slower tracks on Computer Crime, is the only one to feature a hint of death metal styled vocals as well.


"Golden Years" and "See No Sun" are the only two slow songs featured in this material, with the latter being more of a soft rock ballad (minus the vocals mentioned in the previous paragraph). It's obvious that "See No Sun" is supposed to be 'the main song' from this EP, as the album comes with a sixth track for "See No Sun (radio edit)" where about 20 seconds have been shaved off, however this song is a little too slow and R&B-ish when coupled with the (overly repetitive) drumming style used.

"Last Stop", "Rejected", and "Fix Your Life" is where the heavier content comes into play. Grenouer lays down rhythmatic drum beats that are backed up by a strong bass line that sits a little heavy ontop of the guitar and drum tracks. The vocals are clean, without error or weakness, and are full of passionate emotion.

Whether hard/modern rock is your cup of tea or not, songs "Last Stop" and "Rejected" will pierce your brain and hook themselves in with their memorable lines and unique composure. For a small, under 20 minute EP, the content sure goes a long way and is worth listening to.

A breath of fresh air. Grenouer have done a good job in constantly progressing to their next level of desired musical stylings. Having gone from thrash and death metal, to industrial, they are now making their mark in modern rock. Computer Crime is a tasty little well packaged EP, each track begging to be sampled for its well rounded flavor. Recorded and produced by platinum selling producer, Anssi Kippo, the audio quality is pristine, although sometimes the bass track sits heavy ontop of the drum and guitar tracks. If you're looking for something different, give Grenouer's latest EP a shot.

Digital Download Provided by: Grenouer

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