Tigerleech is a metal-stoner band out of Paris, France. The Edge of The End is their first full-length release since the formation of the band back in 2013. Pulling from genres like metal, hardcore, stoner, hardcore stoner, stoner metal, and heavy hardcore metal, with a dash of 70s heavy stoner rock for good measure, this album runs at almost an hour long and is nothing but tough riffs, double kicks, licks and tricks.
“Sandstorm” kicks off the album but leaves everyone disappointed to find out it is not actually a cover of Darude’s internet-cult classic. The song starts with a cool creepy-crawly bass line that lures the rest of the band in like some of that good fishing bait. You could immediately get a feel for the metal elements in this song. Big bass is nothing but heavy groove while the drums bulldoze their way from the back to frontrow with jagged fills and a beat that is right on the money. The guitar is heavily distorted, but not fuzzed out, and similarly the vocals are aggressive but not blown out into the world of screaming. The vocals sit nicely on top of the heavily distorted beats and give a clean slice of frequency to dial into. There is even a very faint keyboard piece that plays the song out in its last seconds of silence which is a really cool unrelated part of the song. Subtly for the win.
In “An Experience Called Life,” you get a bit more of the progressive metal vibes. A choppy rhythm section cuts to and fro while a clean guitar builds up to the first big drop. Not so much a riff as it is a ride, but this song just bounces up and down. Again, although the vocals aren’t super rough, the music is definitely dipped into the world of hardcore. The breakdown that this song takes you through is mega. Coming soon after a clean and cool interlude, the breakdown is a crooked crawl through some low-key blast beats that shoots up to a big head banging bonanza.
There is a lot of content to dig through on this release which is great. It is very common to see full lengths clock in at around the 34-45 minute mark, but Tigerleech has been a band for a few years now and you can tell this is a band that has amassed a collection of material before finally ripping a full length. The song writing is consistent and at some points you could start to hear and feel the formula, but each song stands strong on its own as a piece that seems thoroughly pieced together with multiple changes and breakdowns. Most of the songs hit that six minute mark as well, so each song gets to be a haul of its own.
“Jungle Punk” is the shortest song on the album at three minutes and twenty six seconds. Like the name implies it is way more punk than any other song on the album. It’s a short sporadic jungle run with a driving backbone and thrashing guitar. The backup vocals add a nice push and give some lines some good sharp teeth. It leaves you at the perfect level to be able drop into the intro of the next song “Sexe Dur.”
The intro for “Sexe Dur” is my favourite piece of music off this entire record. It is a slippery psychedelic trip that opens up and lets you take a breath in the middle of the chaotic distortion. It’s a tasteful piece that shows some thought about dynamics. Sitting at the half way point of the album, it is a much needed break that will help the listener gets some juice before ripping through the rest of the album. Again, the writing on a micro level is great. Good dynamics throughout the songs and an array of different parts to flow in and out of. On a macro level, the tones and vocals begin to get stagnant in the second-third of the album. The changes get predictable and the songs run at a familiar pace. You live and die by the sword, and an album that runs at almost an hour will undoubtedly have to battle its length.
“The Edge of the End” comes literally on the edge of the end of the album, second to last song to be exact. I dig that a lot. It gives a final pull to get the listener out through the portal to the end of the album. It’s definitely one of the stronger songs on the album. Another cool quiet intro serves as a great set up, and although the verses and chorus don’t hit as much at this point in the continuous listen of the album, as a single this song would be a killer listen. There is a wicked interlude that gets all progressive, clean and freaky. The outro comes back like the intro and interlude did and leaves you sitting on the low with this track which is a nice switch up.
There is a lot of material to dig through on this debut release. Strong song writing and a dialled in sound go a long way. This band has got the chops for sure and seems seasoned in putting music together for a record. Keep them on your radar if you’re into the trip because after the debut comes number two.
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Danielle Kenedy