Plebeian Grandstand are a band from France that started out more in the sludge direction but have evolved into black metal with this recording while also having elements of experimental, grind, hardcore and sludge and this is a review of their 2014 album "Lowgazers" which will be released by Lost Pilgrims Records.
The album starts out with distorted sound effects before adding in guitars which also leads to a faster black metal direction along with blast beats and high pitched screams and you can also hear traces of post hardcore in the music and at time s you can also hear a good amount of melody in the recording along with a mixture of slow and fast parts.
As the album continues more sludge and grindcore elements are added in along wit h the music getting more experimental in sound while basing their music more on a black metal foundation and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
When we got more into the album they band brings in a brief experimental drone instrumental which also brings an occult and ritualistic feeling to the recording and they return to a more heavier and blackened doom metal direction on the following track before returning back to the more fast black metal parts on later tracks.
With this album Plebeian Grandstand go into a different direction with their black metal influences becoming a major part of their sound while they still have enough traces of hardcore, sludge and grind and they are also not afraid to experiment and this is their most original sounding album.
Song lyrics cover darkness and grim themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with a couple of songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Plebeian Grandstand and if you are a fan of black metal mixed with experimental, hardcore, sludge and grind, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Thvrst" "Lowlifer" and "Mvrk Diving". 8 out of 10.