Procrastinate – S/T
Crushingly good neo-crust from Greece
Sometimes it’s perfectly fine to judge a book by its cover. You know, it’s hard to keep up with all the current bands, but when you see a cover artwork by the mighty Alex CF (Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer, Momentum, Archivist, etc.) most likely it’s gonna be some pretty tight stuff.
If you already expect some heavy melodramatic crust in the veins of Ekkaia and Madame Germen, then you are definitely on the right track with Procrastinate. The band was formed in 2013 in Karditsa, and typically for a Greek band, they don’t just sing about political issues but they really walk the walk. There’s a huge antiauthoritarian movement in Greece, and Procrastinate are proud to take part in the musical aspect of this network of squats and autonomous community spaces. Social & political crisis, personal situations, and the everyday struggle to fight oppression are the recurring themes in the band’s lyrics. That’s for sure.
After a couple of 7″ releases, Procrastinate raise the bar really high with their debut full-length. The nine songs just take your breath away with a pummeling wall of sound. Galloping drum attack is coupled with a solid bass and dual guitar layers that drive forth the epic sound. Usually the vocals are the weakest point when you hear a band from a non-English speaking country, although that’s a non-issue here. The vocals on Procrastinate’s LP are stand out and create an audible experience to be the backdrop to their lyrics. The production is great, so everything sounds clear in the mix. Really worth checking out.