"Born Again" - the Farmer Boys couldn't have chosen a more fitting title for their first album since "The Other Side" in 2004. Indeed, we witness a resurgence that many were hoping for and that brings back one of Germany's most important and authentic bands fueled by heavy guitar riffs.
Before we got into the musical details of the long awaited life sign that is "Born Again", a little bit of context for those who may not be familiar with the band.
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And boy, do the Farmer Boys knock it out of the park. They pick up where they've left off but at the same time the musicians have refined their style. "Cosmos" works as an epic intro and features cello sounds by former Apocalyptica member Max Lilja, then "Faint Lines" starts off with a heavy riff. The song shows the signature style that made the band so popular in the first place: heaviness combined with bright melodies. So does "Fiery Skies" with its up-tempo guitars and a blazing tapping solo.
"You And Me" decelerates the speed and generates momentum with an epic chorus. "Isle Of The Dead" gives the guitars a break and starts off with piano (by Keyboard player Richard Düe) and strings (again Max Lilja). The band says the song is inspired by the eponymous painting by Arnold Böcklin and the musical interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninov. You can tell how the band has thought through how they want to arrange the songs. With "Tears Of Joy" the record gathers speed again and "Mountains", a short interlude, sets the stage for the next five songs. They include epic midtempo bangers ("Stars", "Oblivion"), dynamic changes within one song ("In The Last Days") and the wake-up call "Revolt". The title track works as an epic exclamation mark at the very end of the album. With its movie score vibes it shows how much Matthias Sayer's work in this field does for the Farmer Boys.
The lyrics of the album have a very apocalyptic mood and reflect on the dark times we live in - without ever getting too specific. Which system ("You and Me") and what comes after the revolution ("Revolt")? That's a question I would want to see answered in interviews. By the way: The cover hints at the 2000 record "The World Is Ours" in a very clever way.
"Born again" is just the record we've been dreaming of. It doesn't sound dated at all and while some bands tend to make weaker records when they come back, this one is a statement. While keeping their strengths, the Farmer Boys add new facets to their signature sound and reconquer their throne. We're excited about what's to come.
"Born Again" will be out on November 2nd via Arising Empire. For more information on the band, visit their official web page.
You can watch the clip for "You And Me" here: