Release Review: Bökanövsky – Demo MMXII

When you think of French bands, only a few spring to mind. Gojira, Alcest, Trust, Dagoba and Betraying the Martyrs, are some of the more famous ones. Hailing from Toulon in France, Bökanövsky are not as known as the bands mentioned above but are making waves following a recent tour of the UK with Black Love. 

Their 2012 demo, appropriately titled Demo MMXII is an interesting first release, combining hardcore punk with emo and a hint of sludge and doom. With the track titles are simply numbers, this demo is really one song split into a few parts. There are some definite Telepathy and Cult of Luna vibes on this album, except with French vocals. Deep emotion runs through this five track EP, it’s a sign of a good band to get something out of the lyrics despite not knowing what they are saying. The guitar work is emotive while Cédric growls his heart out. Having tracks named as only numbers did make it harder for me to pinpoint specific tracks, I can’t imagine going to a house party and asking to put on a ‘Track II.’ Also I found it hard to remember their sound a few weeks after listening to it. But when I do sit down to listen to it again, I once again find myself remembering why I liked it the first time round.

Demo MMXII by Bokanovsky

Track Listing:

Bökanövsky band pic (Bokanovsky)

Bökanövsky are:
Cédric – Vocals
Clément – Guitar
Pierre – Bass
Vincent – Drums

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I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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