Belgium’s BEAR are a new band on my cluttered radar. Dwelling in Antwerp, Belgium, the four piece have been slogging it for years, playing everywhere including appearances at UK Tech-Metal Festival, Groezrock Festival in Belgium, Euroblast Festival in Germany and various European tours. In 2017 they’re back with their new album III (pronounced slash) and it is an absolute monster.
Bear are the offspring of an experiment formed from the merged DNA of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge and Meshuggah. Even though some of the songs on the album feel like they are second hand Meshuggah songs, there is a lot for fans of djent, mathcore and others to enjoy. What BEAR excel in is making music that is chaotic, unpredictable and manic. I felt like bouncing off the walls to my flat when listening to ‘Masks’ and growing an extra pair of arms to air guitar to ‘7.’ BEAR’s strength is the fluctuating nature of their music, as is the nature of poly-rhythms you never know where the album is going to take you. III can be a bit of a head spin at times and is an album that will require a few listens, but this is a ferocious attack on the senses that will take time to recover from.
An energised, brutal take on the djent genre that left me hungry for more. When this bear is on the hunt, there will be blood.
Best Tracks: Masks, The Oath, 7, Raw
5. Knives Are Easy
6. The Oath
Serch Carriere – Drums
Leander Tsjakalov – Guitar
Dries Verhaert – Bass
Maarten Albrechts – Vocals