Words: Dale Platt | Images: Christophe Brysse
After emerging onto the scene in 2010, Fields Of Troy have recently released their latest EP which is bursting at the seams with a heavily stylised sound while drawing upon a number of influences. The EP, entitled ‘Hardship’, sees the Ypres-based band present 9 solid tracks in a tightly knit outing little over 30 minutes.
Despite all of the obvious influences from the metal genre, the powerful vocals and song length provides an accessible entry point into precisely what Fields Of Troy stands for as a band. From the moment ‘Cold Eyes’ kicks in with a gargantuan riff, Louis Soenens’ vocal work is rip roaring and on point. The production is ferocious with how well ‘402’ manages to incorporate a heavier sound of ear shredding breakdowns, yet still incorporating the accessibility of a more traditional rock sound.
After a moment of melodic reflection with ‘The Passage’ mid-way through, ‘Sting’ takes the sound back straight back to band’s core sound of rhythmic drumming and unrelenting riffs. Featuring Mayken Hoessen,‘By Now’ sees Fields Of Troy take a more tuneful approach with obvious influence from a band like Alter Bridge clearly on show.
Available now both digitally and in physical formats, ‘Hardship’ proves to be a solid outing which displays the flexibility in songwriting that Fields Of Troy are capable of. Although the appeal is far reaching, the EP nevertheless appeals to a particular set of fans, yet the ingenuity and craftsmanship on display easily make this a release worthy of a place in any hard rock collection.