Brone And Wait is third full-length album from Danish artist Mikkel Metal (aka Mikkel Meldgaard) and it continues down the same path that his previous, Kompakt-released Victimizer did, as well as his earlier singles collection Close Selection did. As can be expected, he's refined his technique a bit further, creating another ten track album that's probably his most polished work to date (perhaps hinted at with the silhouetted Alexander Calder sculpture on the cover artwork).
There are a couple small differences in between this newest release and his past album, as one melodic element is exchanged for another. Whereas his previous album found him creating several tracks with vocals (that worked quite well), Brone And Wait finds him pulling his shoegaze band past into the mix a little more with much more guitar work. Of course, it's still his metallic dub sounds that oozes out and into all the cracks, and there's plenty of echoed-out pings and throbbing rhythms on the fifty-five minute release.
"Dromos" starts the release and sounds pretty much as you'd expect, with some thick, warbling bass synths that overlap while a plodding beat pushes on and some sparse guitar notes trickle through the thick mix. "Stand And Guard" moves with similar sounds, upping the ante with a faster BPM as percussive sounds rattle and reverb out to the edges as backwards swirling synth blasts and a rattling kick turns it into something that you might very well hear on an adventurous dance floor. That's not the only romping track either, as both "Roddan" and "Sala" move with a pace that he hasn't quite attempted in the past.
Although the guitar work is definitely a great addition in places, I can't help but wonder what the album would sound like with vocals as well. To my ears, some of the best tracks on the excellent Victimizer were ones with blurry, filtered vocals, and without any of them here Brone And Wait sometimes feels like a step backward. The production is peerless as usual, but especially when things start lagging towards the end of the release, the album feels like it's treading the same ground he's already covered, and not always in a better way. It's by no means a bad album, but following his previous release it feels like sort of a letdown.