With alumni from some of the 1990s biggest and best loved metal, hardcore and rap groups, Powerflo have an impressive pedigree but those expecting this new outfit to be merely a sum of their parts will be sorely disappointed. Of course there are elements of their past groups brought into the mix but the band have forged their own sound, one that results in a grooving but fresh sound for the band.
From the get-go the vocals and raps of Sen Dog (from Cypress Hill) are instantly recognisable and so is the guitar sound and vocals of Biohazards Billy Graziadei and these two elements link up very well (just as they did when Sen Dog featured on Biohazard track How It Is from the classic State Of The World Address album) and form the basis of the Powerflo sound. Add to this the guitarwork of Downsets Roy Lozano and the rhythm section of Fear Factory’s Christian Olde Wobers and Worsts Fernando Schafer and you have a recipe for groove metal success.
That groove is not the only part of the bands sound through, their use of melody (especially on the catchy choruses of the bands songs) and electronic influences make this self titled debut a powerful start to the bands career. Songs like Where I Stay, Crushing That and The Grind have that initimable hip hop bounce and hardcore groove but are bolstered by that element of melody that elevates the bands sound.
Powerflo sound animated throughout this album and sound as if they are having a great time making this music and this is exemplified on songs like the anthemic Made It This Way and Finish The Game and as the album reaches its end with the punk spirited scattergun rap of Start A War, its is clear that Powerflo have made the album they wanted to make and it sounds great.
There was a worry that this was going to be some sort of lumpen throwback to the bandmembers glory days but instead sounds like it fits in to today’s musical landscape with consummate ease And with the talent on display, nobody needed to have worried at all.
Groove metal supergroup bring melody to their hard rocking assault resulting in an enjoyable listen