Album: Dark Time (EP)
Release date: April 6, 2018
Jahgernaut releases their debut EP Dark Time to a capacity crowd at Coalition T.O., April 6th. Through each of its seven tracks, the album blisters with a rage and intensity Jahgernaut has quickly become known for. The four have all been mainstays in the Toronto music scene for well over a decade, coming together to deliver crushing, riff-based music.
Wasting no time, a quick guitar introduction to opening song “An Ounce at a Time” is the listener’s entrée into driving southern metal guitars and howling vocals. While somewhat typical in riffing at times, the guitar solo explodes forth when it hits, counterpointed perfectly by dynamic drumming. In “Runaround” you hear the hardcore and death metal influence in vocalist Jay Grizz, spitting venom with every word. An almost Slipknot-like dissonance permeates this track, raising hairs on the back of your neck. With “Plain Sight” the mood becomes more foreboding. The later verses and choruses feel slightly anthemic in their musicality. “The Riot (Is All Yours)” begins like a punk song, but then assails you with thrash metal shredding. Vocalist Jay Grizz continues to push the limits of his vocal prowess. Though never deviating from harsh vocal style, his ability is impressively wide within its genre. A funeral march wraps up this rager, guitar strumming openly, soloing with restrained frenzy.
The title track hits the ground running, raw and visceral. “Dark Time” conveys a sense of great anger at the world around it, awakening a primal urge to yell and scream along with it. On “Muffled”, Grizz’s vocals and lyrics take the forefront. On guitars, Kyle Smith and Jody Brown chug along, omnipresent and unyielding. Jason Lioumanis’ drums are a pulse, the heartbeat of the song, accenting grooves within the pounding barrage. “Head Full” is ponderous, beautifully coloured drums anchoring everything in a snakecharmer’s sway. Beneath the rippling layer of the main guitar is a wailing banshee’s howl of another guitar moving across the soundscape, weaving with the bass guitar in the verses particularly. Suddenly it shifts into high gear and once again the heavy metal riffing and not one, but two highly electrifying solos close out this absolute ‘banger of an album. An impressive debut album, by any stretch of the imagination. This writer waits in anticipation of how Jahgernaut chooses to approach the growth of their sound in the near future.
What’s cookin’, I’m Russ, a few of my close friends call me “Stitch” because I’ve had 67 of them, and because of that damn blue alien. I’m a 26 year old Canadian musician and writer living in Streetsville, ON. Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1992, I immigrated to Canada in 1995 and spent time on both the West coast and here in Toronto. I balance my career in the trades with two very distinct music projects: Toronto’s “The Crooked” (ex-members of Die Mannequin and The Joy Arson), an alternative rock band, and Oshawa’s punk-metal monsters This Is A Crisis, holding down the bass guitarist position and providing backing vocals, as well as generally purveying mayhem. I’ve been in love with music for most of my life, having predictably been introduced to AC/DC by my Father at a young age. Most of my favourite music tends to towards rock, metal, or punk, but I’ve been keeping an open mind the last few years and even featured my bass ability on some slick hip-hop tracks. When I’m not running around like a headless chicken trying to make practice on time, I like to spend my free time at rock shows downtown or drinking whiskey with my cat, Jaxx (yes, named after Charlie Hunnam’s SOA character).