JEROAN DRIVE - The Stones Remain In Silence

Jeroan Drive - The Stones Remain In Silence

11 songs
58:29 minutes
***** ****
Yesterday’s Gone


My first impression was that Jeroan Drive were just another screamo band. It seems that these guys from Bergen in Norway don’t like to walk the easy road. Their album The Stones Remain In Silence took two years from recording to releasing, which may be a slight hint at the complexity of their genre. The first three songs are pretty straightforward crunchy post hardcore songs that remind a little of mid-period The Refused. But from then, Jeroan Drive open their bag of tricks and surprise with the slower five-minute dirge Stonethrower / Kill The Cardinal, which takes the band into an entirely different direction. Doomy rhythms accentuate even more the band’s anguish, and the violin-like synth line adds to the melancholy of the track. Other highlights include the tracks where the band hires the services of unusual guest vocalists. The Greatest Betrayal is for instance a brutal hardcore songs with archetypical screamo vocals, not really original, but then the chorus is sweetened up by two members of the Norwegian female folk band Ephemera. Waltari did this kind of rock meets folk before, but never as uncompromising as Jeroan Drive handle the mix here. There is never a hint of fun, instead you get another dose of anger meets sadness. On the nearly nine minute long title track, guest vocal duties are given over to Silje from Octavia Sperati, a gothic metal band that also comes from Bergen. The contrast between screamo and gothic is very unusual, happens to work and therefore sees Jeroan Drive nearly reinventing a genre. My personal favourite is another longtrack: Heart.My.Get.On starts with a sad piano movement and develops into an acoustic guitar and violin driven ballad reminiscent of The God Machine’s most beautiful moments. Following such a dark song with Jar Full Of Pain Killers, with its chord progression sounding like Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, feels like being shaken back to reality.

The Stones Remain In Silence is not a very accessible album at first. Jeroan Drive cite as influences as diverse bands as The Refused, Drive Like Jehu, Blood Brothers, Converge and Extol, the latter sharing the band’s Christian faith, which is fortunately never pushed in the audience’s face, but rather feels like a philosophical undercurrent of the lyrics. As popular as their influences are, Jeroan Drive never have to hide behind them, as they manage to create their very own sound out of ingredients that normally make it so hard for young bands to make something unique. Those of you who like post hardcore and are willing to invest some time have to buy this album. The first three tracks sees them running into form, and from then on, it’s a fifty minute powerhouse that deserves to become really big. Outstanding!

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