Album: Stigmata EP
Release year: 2011
Genre: Hard rock/Heavy Metal
Although I’ve never heard about Illflower before, it seems they’ve been around for over 15 years. So will to rock is something these Brits definitely don’t lack.
These five tracks aren’t that much impressive, but I think they’ll work really well live. It’s got that “rock’n’roll rebel attitude”, with the loud guitars, the non-stop rhythm attacks on bass and drums, and the rough vocals. Mr. Craig Spencer is far from being a great singer, but it suits Illflower – that raspy and low tone of bad-ass guys. And on the choruses, the rest of the gang backs him up, emphasising the rebellion idea I’ve mentioned before.
The intro to the title-track, “Stigmata”, is a couple of quotes taken from the movie with the same name, featuring Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne. And then the guitar starts with this catchy riff that really sticks to your ears. In my humble opinion, the choice to name the EP after this song wasn’t casual, as I believe it’s its best track.
“Bone Collector” and “Longevity” are a bit harder, faster, the first one having a quite biting guitar solo. And “Kingdom Hospital” slips through the borders of punk rock.
They finish this work with a surprising cover of “If I Die Today”, by country singer Tim McGraw. I must say this song sounds a lot better with Illflower’s energy on it.
Renata “Pieni” Lino