POMSTA "Sledgehammer" 2014
/Another Side Records/

1. Puncher 03:49
2. Sledgehammer 04:40
3. Hunter 03:24
4. Red Light 04:10
5. Перфоратор 03:49
6. Час розплати 04:40
7. Мисливець поряд 03:24
8. Наша вiйна 04:10
Total playing time: 32:06





Rock Hard 26Docela zajímavé jméno v kontextu dnešní doby, pro kapelu z Ukrajiny, ale tihle hoši začali hrát už v roce 2008. Prolezli několik garáží, prošli mnoha změnami v sestavě, ale i stylu hudby. Trochu mne zaskočilo, že nahrávka je prezentována jako EP a má délku přes půl hodiny a je na ni osm skladeb. Vše se vysvětlilo během poslechu, v podstatě jde jen o čtyři songy, nejdříve zazní anglicky a potom znovu v jejich rodném jazyce, který používají při koncertních vystoupeních. Musím, ale napsat, pokud se jedná o anglicky podanou verzi, moc mě nebrala a to kvůli vokálu, zněl moc uměle a násilnicky. Ovšem pokud začal zpívat Flash (Sergey Nechitaylo) ve své mateřštině, vše dostalo ty správné grády, jaké si groove metal zaslouží. Čtyři skladby jsou tak akorát, aby jste si udělali malý názor na hudební cestu, kterou se muzikanti z Ukrajiny vydali. Styl hudby, který si vybrali je tak na hranici mezi mainstreamem a extrémem, tvrdé agresivní kytarové rify, dostatečně tvrdý vokál a přesto podporující melodičnost skladeb, takže by měli zasáhnout docela velkou základnu posluchačů.

Jiří Pavlík (Rock Hard #26)

Flash on vocals, Gary on guitars, Michael on bass, Max on drums, together they are Pomsta. Pomsta hails from Ukraine and plays groove metal. Now they have released their debut EP called Sledgehammer.
Heavy guitars, fast and loud rhythm section and shouting vocals, that is what Sledgehammer by Pomsta is. Groove metal as you want your groove metal to be. Sledgehammer contains eight tracks with an total length of 32 minutes. Thirty-two fucking heavy, groovy, loud minutes, that will definitely blow you away. This is groove metal band to look for in the future. These guys can become real big in the metal scene. It sound brutal, heavy and groovy, while it all fits perfectly. This EP sounds really great.
Groove metal is something you dig? Go listen to Sledgehammer by Pomsta. These Ukrainian guys will blow you away!

Tim Van Velthuysen (Dutch Metal Maniac)

To put it plainly, groove metal is very American, with Pantera being (at least arguably) the fathers of the genre, followed by many other American acts like DevilDriver and Machine Head. POMSTA, from Ukraine, bring the usual sounds of the genre, but also a little something extra that most likely won’t be heard in American acts.
While POMSTA may stick to the typical style of groove metal in the mid-tempo brutality of the guitar, the crashing of the drums, and the unclean vocal stylings, they do put their own unique twist on it. At the halfway mark of the album, the English language is thrown out the window and replaced with Ukrainian; even though I don’t know what they said, the switch works in the band’s favour, since the vocals pack more punch than their English counterparts. There is also a strong emphasis on keeping the songs concise and hard-hitting, which is accomplished, for the most part, and leaves the listener in anticipation between tracks.
For the band as a whole, there seems to be some influence from the heavier parts of Machine Head’s The Blackening. This is especially evident in front man Sergiy “Flash” Nechytailo, who goes from his slow, low, guttural vocals to manic screams and shouts, to even some short clean passages, all appropriately matched to the step of his bandmates. The band’s strength shines through in their synergy with one another, particularly in the relationship between the guitarist and the bassist. It’s not uncommon for the bass to be overshadowed by the might of the guitar, but in Sledgehammer the grooving rhythm of bass stays strong throughout and lays the groundwork for the rest of the band to shred upon.
POMSTA may not be ground-breaking, but they do have a feel of maturity about them that becomes evident in the short and sweet structure of their music. It’s refreshing to hear a band implementing the culture of their homeland, especially in the lyrics; it could even do the band well to try and mix together the English and Ukrainian lyrics. Overall, Sledgehammer is a solid effort from a band with decent potential.

Steve (Metal Blast)

necromance magazine"Sledgehammer" es el EP que Metal Scrap Records ha editado únicamente en formato digital a los ucranianos POMSTA, y en el que podremos encontrar 8 temas donde la mayor influencia musical proviene de los PANTERA, ya que el sonido de estos ucranianos está muy influenciado por esos ritmos pegadizos y al mismo tiempo de corte cañero y muy potentes y pesados; al igual que uno de los registros vocales que utiliza esta banda, que alternan entre unos registros más rasgados y de corte thrashico que por momentos me traen a la mente a Joey Belladonna y otros, por decirlo de alguna forma, algo más brutales y con ese regustillo Phil Anselmo. Unas estructuras musicales donde podremos apreciar una alternancia entre esos momentos donde la música de POMSTA es pesada y muy directa y demoledora o otros donde su propuesta musical está más orientada a ese sonido Groove metal con riffs pegadizos; pero que de una manera u otra, lo que está claro es que tienen ese toque “agresivo” y directo además de poseer esa intensidad tan “característica” de este estilo musical que invita a mover la cabeza sin parar. Estos ucranianos han conseguido crear un buen trabajo en el que mezclan ese sonido clásico con el regustillo moderno del “Groove” metal. Esperemos que se animen a lanzarlo en formato físico.

David Déniz Plaza (Necromance Magazine)

I’m not really sure how they can call it a EP when there’s 8 tracks that are approximately 4 minutes each. But that’s their problem..
Muscle metal a’la PANTERA and the boys. You probably prefer to call it groove metal though.
The first songs are pretty good, but after a couple of songs I get a little tired of it. Same thing over and over again, plus that they start singing in their own language (they’re from Ukraine) after half of the songs. If they want to succeed outside of their own country, they better start singing in English only.

Jimmy Blom (HardRockInfo.com)


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