Komatsu is an excavator, but also a band has taken the name Komatsu. February is already just around the corner and then the fourth studio album from Dutch sludge rockers Komatsu will be released. Light meets heavy and desolation meets beauty on Rose Of Jericho, which perfectly echoes the widespread state of uncertainty we live in. Drenched with chunky riffs, their seminal heavy embraces bluesier and darker atmospheres, enhancing Mo Truijens’ Wyndorf-esque vocals. Produced by Peter Van Elderen (Peter Pan Speedrock), Rose Of Jericho remains an amp-blowing nine-tracker that will win over fans of Monster Magnet, Nebula or Sigiriya.
1. Stare Into The Dawn, «This song is about that moment when life rushes by and somehow you forgot to live it. Let life pass slow», the band states about this song.
2. Solitary Cage
3. The Suit
4. Blood Moon
5. Son of Sam
6. Rose Of Jericho
8. Call Of The Wolves
Rose Of Jericho combines a lyrical depth that resonates the current (political) rabbitholes with dark, groovy, warm riffs supporting rugged vocals. The sound of the album is a real mixture between stoner and metal, but with melodic and choral vocal lines. Change of tempo and rhythm, make the listener glue to the speakers until the last note of the album.
Dutch stoner rock unit Komatsu was formed in early 2010 by members of the local Eindhoven Rock City scene. Many years of music experience in all kind of bands as well as individual creativity, created a brutal mix of sludge, stoner and metal. The band released a self-titled EP in 2011 and their first album Manu Armata in February 2012, which was largely acclaimed by the international press. Their sophomore album Recipe For Murder One'(2016) featured Nick Oliveri’s vocals on two songs, and appeared on several end of year lists while the song Lockdown (with Nick Oliveri on vocals) was nominated as Song of the Year by 3voor12. In January 2018, Komatsu entered the Void Studio with producer Pieter Kloos to record their third effort A New Horizon.
Over the years, Komatsu have gained popularity, through their performance at the official Queens Of The Stone Age afterparty in Effenaar (Eindhoven, Netherlands), as a support act for international heavyweights (Truckfighters, Karma To Burn, The Sword, Red Fang, Clutch, Nashville Pussy, High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Baroness); then went on tour with John Garcia, Nick Oliveri’s Mondo Generator, Duel or The Freeks. During a tour with Brant Bjork, they shared the stage with four Kyuss former members.
Mo Truijens – Lead singer, guitar
Mathijs Bodt – Guitar, backing vocals
Martijn Mansvelders – Bass guitar, backing vocals
Jos Roosen – Drums