Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mustasch-Thank You For The Demon

Gain/Sony Music

You know it helps having friends in low places. Case in point: Mustasch. Or rather this Swedish act's latest album "Thank You For The Demon". Despite having formed in the fall of 1998 and having truckloads of other worthy (and highly-praised apparently) material under their wings this is (somehow) the first that I am now hearing about them. That sucks as it sure as hell sounds as if I've been missing out on a LOT! "Thank You For The Demon" is, for all intensive purposes, a dandy little rocker (sent lovingly to me from someone from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) that finds Mustasch rocking along quite comfortably to a mix/mash-up of tradition heavy metal and hard rock as envisioned by a stone cold groove rock outfit with more then enough knowledge of classic rock and the current rock and roll scene to roll modern radio for the foreseeable future! Lead effortlessly by vocalist/guitarist Ralf Gyllenhammar (rather aptly described, previous to hearing the band for myself that is, as almost Ian Astbury-like in his vocal delivery) and rounded out by David Johannesson (lead guitar), Stam Johansson (bass guitar) and Jejo Perković (drums) this Swedish four-piece sound really be a household name by now! Why they are not one is one of life's most puzzling mysterious! As the follow-up to 2013's "Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heavy" (an album that, having now heard some sample tracks from, I will shortly be looking to acquire whether through iTunes or Amazon!) this one shreds the light fantastic and yes, you bet your sweet a**, it will be highlighting my best of 2014 list! Hard rock and roll by way of (riff-happy) heavy metal and ("Lay it all on the line Sucka!") stoner rock has never sounded better my friends. Find this one at all costs and learn to live again!

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