Metallica’s favourite Nordic rockers return with new album All Out Of Dreams. Some of you probably caught Bokassa live when they opened for Metallica on their European tour with Ghost four years ago. Lars Ulrich is a fan of the band and personally invited them to join Metallica on that European tour and it was definitely a highlight in Bokassa’s still short career.
If you like a mix of metallic hardcore and stoner rock in the vein of Corrosion of Conformity, Red Fang, Clutch and Torche, you really need to check out All Out of Dreams.
Over ten songs and 30 minutes, Bokassa is as diverse as ever on their new full length All Out of Dreams. The power trio offers everything from riffy stoner metal in “Bradford Death Squadron”, almost progressive skatepunk in “No More Good Days”, 45 seconds of metallic hardcore in “Everyone Fails In The End” to laid-back Izzy Stradlin bottle neck-riffing on the desert rocker “Gung Ho”. Not to mention the hooky and anthemic title track. In other words, the band has not become less fond of mixing genres over the years!
In an age where most things sounds the same, it has also always been important to Bokassa that each record is sonically different from the previous one. Therefore, they have been very conscious of how this record should sound. Where, for example, the debut Divide & Conquer had a noisy soundscape and 2021’s Molotov Rocktail had a more playful and bigger rock sound, All Out Of Dreams has a slightly more raw metallic sound. This can clearly be seen in the conscious choice to go for a snare drum sound that brings to mind 90s metal, rock and punk ala Clutch, Helmet, Therapy? or The Vandals’ Live Fast Diarrhea, to name a few.
Released on 16th February, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, BabyMetal, Madball, Sick Of It All, The Haunted) in Antfarm Studio in Denmark in June 2022. The band also has guest artists for the first time, in the form of Lou Koller from the NYHC legends Sick Of It All and Aaron Beam from the stoner rockers Red Fang. It doesn’t get much better when it comes to famous guests on an album, if you ask us!
If you want to try them out, they’re on an extensive tour of Norway soon but play a number of festivals across Europe in the summer.