Album Title: 
Manu Armata
Release Date: 
Monday, February 25, 2013
Review Type: 

Komatsu (thank God I don't have to try to pronounce the band's name) is a metal band from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. One year after their debut EP, it's time to welcome their very first full-length record, which goes by the title of Manu Armata, meaning nothing less than 'arms in hand'.

On this album, Komatsu show us what they absolutely stand for: sludge metal with a tough edge of stoner rock. The music on Manu Armata is very versatile, which ensures a certain continuity when it comes to being stuck to your speakers. After eleven bone hard and outstanding tracks, it's incredibly difficult to realise it's already over. That's just how good the music of Komatsu is. With songs such as Blackwater, Beat you to the punch and Lean on me, the Dutch rockers of Komatsu make clear that the Netherlands are far from dead when it comes to the harder guitar oriented kinds of music. As an opening album, Manu Armata can definitely make its count on the international market. If you love Mastodon, there's no doubt you will like Komatsu, maybe even better still.