Audrey Horne

No Hay Banda

No Hay Banda

Reviewed By Simon Milburn
Published 23 June, 2005
Link: Official Website

Surprise package from the land of Vikings

What do you get if you mix members of extreme metal acts such as Enslaved and Gorgoroth with the world of David Lynch? Give up? Give up yet? Well the answer is Norway's Audrey Horne. "Who?," I hear you ask. The name might be (and probably is) unfamiliar with you now, but that is sure to change on the strength of their debut album No Hay Banda. Formed in late 2002, they took the name of Sherilyn Fenn's character from David Lynch's Twin Peaks as their own and have just released their debut album which also borrows from Lynch's eccentric world; this time, Mullholland Drive. Ignore the fact that Audrey Horne features members of Enslaved and Gorgoroth in their ranks as it has absolutely no bearing on what they are about. For their debut No Hay Banda, the band hooked up with top shelf producer Joe Baressi (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Tool) upon his invitation after a couple of tracks landed on his desk one day.

Dead fires up right off the bat with a Mike Patton like vocal performance from Toschie, before it moves into a straight ahead rock feel behind the chorus, a trend which is continued with the infectious sounds of Listening. Get A Rope has a distinct Foo Fighters feel to it, more so the music than the vocals but it's original sounding enough to maintain a competitive distance. The somewhat Faith No More appeal of Deathhorse is along the lines of the Album of the Year era. The ridiculously catchy Confessions & Alcohol was the title track to the precursor EP that was released a few months prior to the full length album. That being said, there are stronger tracks on here, one of which is the rock solid Candystore which features a simple power chord laced groove driven by some simple yet effective drumming and another Patton-esque vocal performance throughout the verses.

Blackhearted Visions speeds through along the lines of the more up tempo Foo Fighters from their earlier works on their debut and its follow up, The Colour And The Shape. In direct contrast is the moody track Bleed and its serene beginning which turns into a despair ridden finale. Audrey Horne revisits the feel of Deathhorse with Crust and Weightless before the epic closer The Sweet Taste of Revenge takes you on a journey that encapsulates all of the elements that are Norway's Audrey Horne.

This isn't metal. Not in the slightest. What this is a bloody good hard rock that blurs the lines of Faith No More and the Foo Fighters but stills resides comfortably on the side of originality. Solid catchy hooks, diverse powerful vocals and guitars with a fitting rhythm section and excellent production - look no further than Audrey Horne for one of the best rock albums of 2005.

(Dogjob Records/Tuba Records/Modern Invasion Music Distribution)

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