Dystopic themes in Metal (and even Rock) music are not new. Its darker tones and edges lends itself easily to dark imagery, be it the occult or this kind of totalitarian, chaotic future that steers to close to current times on DR. SCHAFAUSEN’s debut record, "Waiting For Tomorrow". DR. SCHAFAUSEN is at its core a Metalcore solo project from bassist Sergio Pagnacco. A trio of talented session musicians complete the line-up. The band does not limit themselves to straightforward Metalcore, though, incorporating elements of Alternative Rock, Pop-Punk, Death Metal and even Trap and R&B on their sound.
"Waiting For Tomorrow" is a vital debut record for DR. SCHAFAUSEN, setting a high bar for the band to follow. They seem to have the chops to do it, as the songwriting is strong and memorable, and the musicianship is not only skillful but also truly creative. Production-wise there is little room for improvement, aside from giving a little more breathing room on the softer sections and maybe clearing up the bass end of things, that gets a little muddy at times. But that is just me nitpicking. A contender for album of the year for me. Keep an eye on this project!