Band: JACOBS MOOR
Style: Progressive Power Thrash Metal
Fronted by vocalist Ritchie Krenmaier, who also played in the Austrian Power Metal act Stygma IV, a band that did well for itself at the end of the '90's - beginning of the '00 (they even released 2 albums on the mighty Noise Records), Jacobs Moor were founded in 2010 and Self is their second studio album to date, a 10 tracks effort clocking almost a full hour of Progressive Power Thrash Metal. Their music feels like Savatage, Testament, Nevermore and maybe even Crowbar (to a certain degree) met in the same pot and Titchie's vocals are excellent, I'm sure his fans are extatic for having hime still on the barricades; his timbre is hoarse but calculated and perfectly smooth delivered, with fantastic melodic passages that offer us a different perspective, but also with some angry Thrash Metal oriented parts to spice everything even more. The instrumental part is both catchy / memorable and technical / complex, the guys manage to produce demanding structures and at the same time to involve the listener in a dark, expressive atmosphere from start to finish. The tracks are diverse and cover a wide territory of the abovementioned genres so you won't have a chance to get bored; a well-built and well-delivered album, a very good band!
Reviewed by Adrian