Connoisseur are a band from Oakland, California that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of power violence, stoner, sludge, and doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Over The Edge" which will be released in April by Tankcrimes.
A very heavy d beat influenced sound starts off the album along with some aggressive hardcore punk style vocals a few seconds later while sludge style screams and death metal growls are also used at times along with the slower sections of the songs being very heavily influenced by doom metal and melodic riffing is also used at times.
Elements of power violence can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and a great portion of the tracks are very short in length and when clean guitars are utilized they give the songs more of a stoner atmosphere and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a small amount of blast beats and there is also a brief use of melodic guitar leads.
Connoisseur creates a recording this time around that mixes stoner, sludge, doom metal, power violence and hardcore punk together to create a very heavy album, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover pot smoking and violence themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Connoisseur and if you are a fan of hardcore punk, power violence, stoner, sludge and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Stoning" "It's Lit" "The Answer" and "Plague Mask". 8 out of 10.