Nuclear Blast’s latest signee Mustasch is far from a household name in the U.S., but I am hoping that the band’s major label debut may change that. While Mustasch’s fifth effort does not have a U.S. Release date as of yet, it is available as an import, and is a hard rock release that you will not want to miss. With a sound that is like a blend of the Cult & Soundgarden, Mustasch has blasted out eleven more rockers that you need to hear.
Ralf Gyllenhammer’s mohawk might be gone, but this guy hasn’t stopped rocking one bit. His vocals are razor sharp, and helps drive this songs home on this CD. If you haven’t heard him sing before, you are truly missing out.
The opening prelude track “Tritonus” sounds like it fell out of Tony Iommi’s closet full of riffs. This leads into two great crunch rockers, “Hersey Blasphemy” and “Mine” (see video below). “Damn It’s Dark” would sound amazing on U.S. Radio, and the heavy riffs of “The Man The Myth The Wreck” practically demand headbanging.
The pace slows down somewhat for “The Audience is Listening”. This ready ready tune provides a nice break, but still rocks hard. The first song that I didn’t really care for is “Desolate”. The music on this song just didn’t work for me. Luckily, “Deep In The Woods” picks back up where “The Audience is Listening” left off. This is the type of song that you want to crank up, and rip the knob off. If you liked the Mustasch tune “Double Nature” you are definitely going to like this too.
“I’m Frustrated” is a slower number with a Zeppelin like vibe to it. It is a lot different from the other tunes on this disc, but it is cool nonetheless!
I have been a fan of Mustasch since discovering their previous release “Latest Version of the Truth” in 2007. I have been anxious to get my hands on this CD, and it does not disappoint in the least bit. You can import this CD from Amazon UK for about 17.99 U.S., it should also be available for download via Amazon and iTunes soon. It is definitely worth the high price of admission.
In my opinion, Mustasch is far too good to be a European only hard rock band. I am hoping with their recent signing to Nuclear Blast that they will soon find their way to U.S. soil. Don’t miss out on this excellent CD!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Tritonus (Prelude)
2. Hersey Blasphemy
4. Damn It’s Dark
5. The Man The Myth The Wreck
6. The Audience Is Listening
8. Deep In The Woods
9. I’m Frustrated
11. Blackout Blues
Ralf Gyllenhammer – Vocals – Rhythm Guitar
David Johannesson – Lead Guitar
Mats Johansson – Bass Guitar
Danne McKenzie – Drums, Percussion