This is the fourth studio album from the Swedish Heavy/Stoner Metal band MUSTASCH. So what does this release have to offer? The first thing that is clear after listening to this release is that a lot circles around the vocalist, Ralf Gyllenhammar. His vocals are very powerful and tie the whole album together, and at the same time offers something that may catch the attention of an uninterested listener. Throughout the album his vocals range from rough, almost Lemmy-like singing to smooth clean vocals, and he is great at both ends of the spectrum.
These vocals front an album, which starts out very chunky and stomping, featuring muscular mid-paced songs with a traditional feeling created by heavy drums, bass and guitar, closely coordinated. It is clearly Metal, but the feeling of old school Hard Rock is also present. During the listening, the BLACK SABBATH-inspiration gets more and more significant and on songs like “I Wanna Be Loved”, “Spreading The Worst” and “Bring Me Everyone” the influences from the founders of Heavy Metal are obvious. I almost expected to hear Ozzy Osbourne’s voice after some of the guitar parts.
MUSTASCH are not a SABBATH rip-off though. They have a distinct own style in which they have managed to take these old-school elements and make them something fresh. The fact that all the instruments are very well-played, and that there are a lot of creativity in creating interesting intros and riffs with traditional means, contribute to this, no doubt. The tempo slows down a little later on in the album, and goes as mentioned from chunky Heavy Metal in the first couple of songs to more atmospheric BLACK SABBATH-like music. The aggressive mood of the album stays all the way through, though. What makes this album different from others of the same style is the use of melodious parts that sound like violins, especially on the movie soundtrack-sounding song “Scyphozoa”, but also in some of the intros and between the verses. This gives the album an almost epic aspect, which may sound weird, but fits in well.
As a conclusion, this album is a well-played and creative BLACK SABBATH-inspired release. The grade is not higher because there is no real standout-track (even though all tracks are good) and that some of the “epic” arrangements I mentioned make the end of the record a bit overlong and tiring. I recommend this album, though.
(Online August 18, 2007)