Scars and Crosses
Label: Svart Records
Release Date:10th June 2016
Following on from their highly impressive Debut EP “The Goat Ritual” These Teutonic Heavy Stoner merchants return with their debut Album “Scars and Crosses” it is jammed full with other worldly atmospherics and trippy moments by the dozen ,the band take you on a ride of doom laden delights. “A Silver Heart” opens proceedings with a gentle intro that builds into a stonking opener , Mona Miluskis vocals grab you by the scruff of the neck and entice you into the song , you cannot help but be impressed as the bands deep rooted sludge induced tempo takes a hold. As the song progresses the growls from Miluskii impress and astound as the rhythm section of Constantin Wüst Bass and Thomas Wildelau Drums complement this opening salvo.
“Darkest Days” is faster than the opener and scampers along, the chugging guitars from Christian "Shi" Pappas and Ingwer Boysen shake and vibrate the room, the impassioned growls from Mona as the song reaches its end are fantastic and head crushing.
I would say “Darkest Days” and the next track are my favourite numbers on this release.
A deep vibe resonates through the room as “The Gatekeeper” opens its portals.it has a mesmeric effect leading its way into the song, the riffs are infused with a crunching Blues vibe throughout “Scars and Crosses”.
“Blinders” growls and slugs you in the face with its aggressive delivery, its full of dense deep rooted riffs that galvanise and feedback into your head with a velvet covered punch.
Next “Portrait Mind” takes a hold and sees you shaking your head and moving to the infectious groove.
"Gods" is a track that really encompasses exactly what High Flyer are all about both musically and spiritually.
The penultimate track “ Down to The Sky” is washed in the deepest southern Blues with a hint of hazy summer days , a bottle of Jack Daniels and this song vibrating in your head and waking the neighbourhood as Mona growls and a guitar solo cuts through the air.
The title track “Scars and Crosses” is the heaviest track, and brings this Album to a head snapping, fist punching end and just has to be an encore song and it’s a huge declaration of intent from these German Stoner lords and Lady!
“Scars and Crosses” is going to please fans of this genre with its Heavy , Sludge, Blues infected moments fulfilling a wondrous dream with its ups and downs that create such psychedelic adventures .
Review :Seb Di Gatto Score :9/10
1.A Silver Heart
7.Down to the Sky
8.Scars & Crosses
High Fighter Band Members:
Mona Miluski – vocals
Christian "Shi" Pappas – guitar
Ingwer Boysen – guitar
Constantin Wüst – bass
Thomas Wildelau – drums & backing vocals