DRESCHER - Steinfeld

Drescher - Steinfeld

10 songs
38:57 minutes
***** ****


From 2009 to 2013, the Austrians played under the rather unoriginal name Bleed. Then they decided it was time for a stylistic break, which brought along also a new name. Inspired by the farming machine harvester (Mähdrescher), they continued as Drescher to play hybrid kind of metal that combined folk, heavy and thrash. The vocals come with a strong Vienna accent and the band used extensively the accordion, an instrument that sounds rather exotic in the context of a metal band. In accordance with that, their band logo is an accordion with bull horns.

Their first CD Erntezeit was self-released in 2014. Austrian label Napalm Records took notice and signed the band. The debut was re-released with come bonus tracks, all of which were cover versions: Ass in Pik (Motörhead), Rock Me Amadeus (Falco) and Olles schwoarz (Rolling Stones). The new album Steinfeld comes with nine own compositions and a cover version of Slayer’s Raining Blood, true to Drescher’s Austrian roots titled Es reignt Bluat.

Steinfeld begins with the atypical A bissl Glick, a rather gloomy track that feels like an over-long intro. Strangely enough they even made a video clip for that song, although the remaining material is much more interesting. Drescher play according to their name rather fast thrash (dresch) metal where the contrast between the powerful instrumentation, the harsh vocals and the very upfront accordion might be polarising for some. The songs are very rhythmic and also incredibly catchy, a sure recipe for cheerfulness. Drescher remind me of Korpiklaani, even though both bands have different cultural backgrounds. Both bands play this kind of folksy metal that really makes you thirsty. And frankly, Regen comes with a certain Northern vibe. Somewhat strange is the cheesy Endlich leben that could have come from one of those countless German Volksmusik TV shows. The concluding Der Held reminds me with its polka melodies of Eläkeläiset, and when it comes to humorous music from the German language territory, it must be said that Drescher sound more authentic than for instance J.B.O. whose humour has become staid in the last few years. The limited edition of Steinfeld comes with two bonus tracks.

Drescher probably play the heaviest Volksmusic in the world. Like many sane people, I usually don’t like Volksmusik from the Alps, but I do like folk metal. Steinfeld is an entertaining album, and if forty minutes is too short for you, you should as well check out their recently re-released debut Erntezeit. Both albums should appeal to fans of well-made folk metal.

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