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Friday, April 18, 2014

LP Review 'Electric Mountain Majesty' by Mos Generator

For anyone new to Mos Generator, where the hell have you been? To use a completely made up metaphor, imagine a totally kick-ass denim/leather hybrid cut-off jacket, with more mileage and stories than you could ever experience, litter it with sewn on badges of the best 70’s hard rock bands, sprinkle it with a few beer and unexplained stains and rips, fused to your torso for all eternity: that is Electric Mountain Majesty!

14 years and six albums in (now on Listenable Records) and Mos Generator are thriving. Similarities are easily drawn with Black Sabbath at their more accessible groove reaches with vocalist Tony Reed’s wholesome growl and solid doomy riffs, but Mos Generator are much more than a ‘sounds like...’ band, carving out a slice of rock history for their own. Opening with ‘Beyond The Whip’, chugging along like a galloping bull high on LSD, the Port Orchard, Washington, boys carry a youthful burning spirit that can only be released through driving riffs and haze fuelled vocals. ‘Nothing Left But Night’ sounds like a song which could define their career, with enough groove-laden riffs to collapse a lung, sculpting the band’s core sound with pinpoint precision.

Throughout the record, the vocals are near perfect, exemplified on ‘Neon Nightmare’ and ‘Breaker’ where notes are destroyed and re-laid with a steamroller. With his vocals being a perfect cross of Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde, it’s easy to see where the rest of the band’s influences come from, but the natural organic roots of Mos Generator are ones to be appreciated, not necessarily dissected.

If you are still new to Mos Generator by the time you’ve reached this part of the review, go and listen to the title track of the record, or ‘High Ritual’, or any damn track, then sew your new favourite band’s patch onto your denim/leather hybrid jacket, and rock the fuck out!


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