Signed by force
On some occasions you can actually tell what a band will sound like just by the band name and/or album title. Here we have Fiftywatthead from Canada so the moniker sounds large and heavy. The album title they chose is "Fogcutter" which to me sounds powerful and even a little mysterious. All of the above are definitely characteristic of this album, but they only begin to describe this massive monster that Fiftywatthead have unleashed. The opener "Whiteout" came flying out my speakers as it launched a battering assault on my eardrums. It's a noisy, rambler of a song that makes no apologies as just pushes and punches forward. It reminds me some of Mastodon, but a little less chaotic. However the opener doesn't define the album because after that the pace slows down, but it doesn't let up. They pull into heavy waters and they begin a slow and rough journey that churns around with steely precision. Fiftywatthead churn ahead cranking out massive chunky riffs for us to take in. When I listen to many of the songs served up here I imagine being in a valley and viewing rock slides coming down from mountains on both sides only in slow motion. This band manages to hit near deafening levels of heaviness and have you begging for more. The final track "Thunder" reminds me of a similar style to "Whiteout", but most of the six tracks in between are far more doom based. There is a lot to soak in on this album so when you do just make sure you sit back, give it room and let the voyage begin.