Bardus hail from the United States, Philadelphia to be exact. Formed in 2011 and inspired by Eyehategod, Melvins, Unsane and Queens Of The Stone Age, this trio has been slashing their way through the heavy underground scene like Jack Nicholson slashes through bathroom doors. With this album, their second after the debut 'Solus', Bardus look to solidify their status as a DIY band, a very, very loud DIY band.
The album opens with 'Smoke Bath', a massive Helmet meets Foo Fighters basement rehearsal room rocker. Harsh guitars, pummeling drums and those brutal screams, lovely. Yet, gradually, Bardus show their other sides by incorporating psychedelic guitar solos, crushing sludge passages and groovy stoner rock pieces. 'Monolith', 'Haze' and the massive and doomy 'Oracle' are highlights but the entire album is a stunning trip.
You want some other bands to compare Bardus with? Well, here we go: Cult Of Luna, Isis, Converge, Neurosis, Entombed, Sonic Youth, Swans, Vandal X, Agnostic Front, Exploited, Baroness.. the list could go on and on. But most of all, this simply is Bardus: a massive heap of aggression, noise and groove, best to be enjoyed while you're smashing your brains in with an electric drill.