Mustasch is a heavy metal band, that started in 1988 with members Ralf Gyllenhammar on vocals and lead guitar, Hannes Hansson on rhythm guitar, Mats Hansson on bass and Mats Johansson on drums. In 2007, this Swedish metal band has released their 4th full studio disc, Latest Version of the Truth.
I haven’t heard anything from this band before 2007, but one listen and I was hooked. Ralf Gyllenhammar sounds a lot like Ian Astbury from the Cult, however this disc is a lot heavier than anything from the combined might of Astbury and Duffy.
Watch the video for Double Nature one time. I bet that you will want to find more tunes by this band immediately.
The Heckler starts off with the swirling guitars of Gyllenhammar and Hansson. Gyllenhammar’s vocals were a little rough as first, reminding me of Lemmy from Motorhead, but after a few more guitar licks he settles back into his own sound. Cool song!
The Heavy Bass and tribal drum beats of I Wanna Be Loved is extremely cool. I don’t think I have heard a song with this cool of a metal rhythm since the first Phil Anselmo led Pantera disc.
Spreading the Worst is a song that I could hear making the transition to U.S. rock radio if given a chance. This song has a heavy Black Sabbath like bass rhythm, and a jangly guitar riff that is slow enough to show off Ralf Gyllenhammar’s great voice.
Bring Me Everyone is a super-cool,head-banger that changes the sound up between heavy guitar and bass riffs, and to acoustic guitar parts. This song has a definite Sabbath influence on it, and is one of my favorites on this disc.
Forever Begins Today is kind of a bizarre track for me. For some reason, this song has the feel that it should be in a James Bond Movie. It has this keyboard part that brings memories of the 007 flicks, but it has this really cool drum rhythm that helps the song out immensely. It is the least heavy track on this disc (not counting the Scyphozoa instrumental piece), but is still worth listening to.
Once again, Mats Johansson has me playing the air drums on I Am Not Aggressive. Gyllenhammar’s voice jumps out at me a few times, and cracks a few smiles on this reviewer’s face.
The End was a throw away track for me. It completely lacks the cohesion the other songs have and feels like a waste of time. It is just weird, and mixes all of the other songs together with a bunch of odd sound effects before revealing a piano based number six minutes later. This is a very strange way to close a disc. One more good song could have pushed this disc up a couple of notches and The End isn’t it. I probably will not listen to this song again, and it is too bad.
As a whole Latest Version of the Truth is a very solid Hard Rock/Metal offering, and one that I hope people will check out. This is one of the first bands I have heard out of Sweden that wasn’t a glam metal band, and just a straight up hard rock group.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In The Night
2. Double Nature
3. Falling Down
5. I Wanna Be Loved
7. Spreading The Worst
8. Bring Me Everyone
9. Forever Begins Today
10. I Am Not Aggressive
11. The End
Ralf Gyllenhammar – Vocals, Guitar
Hannes Hansson – Guitar
Mats Johansson – Bass
Mats Hansson – Drums