Hainloose - "Burden State"
(Elektrohasch Records 2006, 111)
From Aural Innovations #34 (August 2006)
One of the first bands signed to Stefan's Elektrohasch label, Hainloose are back with the follow up to their debut, Rosula. What we have here are 10 well crafted bluesy, dirty rock and roll tunes. Some of the tracks remind me a lot of the Swedish band Lotus, which have sadly disbanded. Sometimes the band really builds up some cool grooves at the end of their songs, but they never jam it out, not even one time on the whole record. I have never seen them live but I am doubting that they jam even though they should. The closest they get is on Proud of my Doom, which is the best song on the record, in my opinion. Chernobilly is quite a cool instrumental track. Broken Dams Parts 1 and 2 are pretty cool pieces. The first part is instrumental and leads directly into the second part, which is a more slow bluesy thing. The CD ends with Barricades and Barrels, which is a really strange piece of twisted blues.
For me, this has been a really hard record to get into. This kind of music really needs some killer lead guitar, which is seriously lacking here. If they added another kick ass lead player this would be one hell of a band. I think the fans are gonna like this one a lot though. Don't listen to me!
For more information you can visit the Hainloose web site at: http://www.hainloose.de.
Visit the Elektrohasch Records web site at: http://www.elektrohasch.de.
Reviewed by Scott Heller