Album #161: ELM – The Wait

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Cuneo, Italy
  • Label: Bronson
  • Best Track: A Storm Is Coming

In possibly the only time I’ve ever taken any notice of a sponsored Facebook ad, I had a listen to the new second album by Italian noise-rockers ELM after seeing it pop up on my feed.

It’s a well put together record with incendiary riffs and plenty of texture. Some vaguely Soundgarden-esque grunge elements too in parts. Tracks like ‘A Storm Is Coming’ are pretty relentless and raw, chaotic yet also somehow controlled.

But this music is only really ‘OK’ to me. I can’t get too excited about it. Seeing ELM live would be an experience, I imagine, but on record it doesn’t do a lot for me, even though the producer has done a decent job of keeping the guitars rough and ready.

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