FAMILY “Portrait”

I’m not one to complain about band names but some names are better than others. Family doesn’t seem that striking the first time you see it. It sounds more like some collective than a band, least of all an extreme metal band or just a metal band in general. With that in mind it’s going to be interesting to see if Family can crush all my doubt. At least it started promising. With a sound reminiscent of a hardcore-ish version of stoner I for one were taken by the band. When it comes to the more jammish kind of metal I often get dribbled away but this I managed to follow through to the end. I like the meeting of hardcore and jamming. It made me think back to B’last. I gotta track down those old albums again. The name might be bland but the music is anything but. Anders Ekdahl

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