Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Motorjesus-Electirc Revelation

Drakkar Records

First known as The Shitheadz* from their formation in 1996 until 2006, under which entity three demos were released before the group issued the full-length "Dirty Pounding Gasoline" in 2004 (Re-released in 2011, it now appears under the band's current moniker), Motorjesus are a five-piece which hails from Germany (Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia to be exact!). Fronted by (well-traveled and well-suited) lead vocalist Christoph Birx (ex-Azrael's Tears, ex-The Shitheadz, ex-Battlesword, ex-Divine:Zero, ex-President Evil, ex-Buttweiser, ex-Jadestar, ex-Sybian, ex-Territory, ex-Wasteland), and with the 13-track "Electric Revelation" serving as the group's fourth full-length album since 2004 (if you count "Dirty Pounding Gasoline" that is!), Motorjesus are a hard & heavy outfit with (severe) stoner rock-leanings. From that description you might not expect much as we're not exactly talking about breaking new ground right? Well, that assumption (which I might just have shared prior to being treated to the riff-happy "Electric Revelation"!) would be wrong! One listen to "Electric Revelation" is all that it takes to blow any preconceived expectations/notions right straight out of the water! Hell, you might as well think of them as being blown straight out of this world! Cheesy I know, but man alive if these riffs just don't ooze heavy metal glory! With killer guitar work from the pair of Guido Reuss (rhythm) and Andreas Peters (Lead guitars, which absolutely kick ass and generally fall into the classic hard rock heyday of yesteryear while still reverberating relevance! Also, both of these guys, as with lead singer Chris Birx and hard hitting drummer Oliver Beck, previously performed with The Shitheadz so there's a lot to be said about the consistently of this German hard rockin' and rollin' crew!) Motorjesus (effortlessly mind you!) combines the best parts of hard rock (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Kiss, Jackyl, Rose Tatoo, Skid Row), alt. metal/heavy metal/thrash (Rob Zombie/White Zombie, Motörhead, (early) Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Megadeth) and of course stoner rock (Clutch, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Queens of the Stone Age) into one almighty wall of riff-heavy rock/metal! And yes, it's more then a little cool! With (newest member since 2009 or so/bass guitarist) Roman Jasiczak serving up even more thick riffs (yep, more on the riffs but they are crazy wicked folks so who cares!) this is one band that I may not have had any previous experience with, but (thanks in no small part to the suggestion of a friend!) am sure as heck glad that I know about now! For those of you that simply bow and worship the idea of riff-happy, all cards laid out on the table and letting it all hang out like a BRICK-HOUSE(!), hard & heavy JAMS then Motorjesus might just be your new savior! You can find this one online pretty easy so just do a quick Google search and you'll soon enough be on your way to one hell of a wicked good time!

Per the Metal Archives "The band was forced to release their album under the moniker The XHeadz in some countries (USA among others) and thus changed their name to Motorjesus in 2006."

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