Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse – Wisdom of Crowds


By Steve Earles

I expected an album featuring the talents of Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief and Jonas Renkse from Katatonia to be special, and I was not disappointed. Every song on this album is special, beautifully written and running the full range of human emotion. Even on one listen the song’s subtle hooks had embedded themselves in my mind. Opening track “Pleasure” is heavy and light in equal measures. The title track is resolutely itself, and haunting. “Frozen North” is just so evocative, this is heavy in a new way. Soord handles all the instruments and is a virtuoso, I have to say though, that it is his guitar playing that truly excels, he brings to mind the subtle mastery and emotion of David Gilmour. Renske is the perfect singer for this album, feeling every word he sings.

Brave, moving and highly recommended.


Sean is the founder/publisher of; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.