Cd really kicks more than one ass and it seems these fellows have lived
their all life in an American or Australian desert town, yet they're
surprisingly from London.
This is their fourth self-recorded and produced full-length and I guarantee
you it has nOOOthing to envy an official release.
The adrenalin flows abundantly from the beginning with the incisive
fuzzy Stoner/70's Hard Rock of "KIller Gorilla", rife
with breaks that make shitloads of their more popular colleagues sound
lackadaisical; Kyuss' and Soil's aura appear once in a while, while
Mark's very thick bass roars hand in hand with guitarists Tim's and
Jon's angry whiskied vocals. The vocals hooks are gonna get stuck in
ya head after the very first listen. Sick!
No sort of limits for the catchy "Hit and Run", whereas
"All Your Rights" moves as a Stoner-metal mid-tempo
first, then engages a fast riff (used at the end as well), and afterwards
inserts a cool lick before some Monster Magnet-wise vocal lines.
Fiery tongues of emo-rock and 80's HC/Punk vocals characterize "Until
the Water", but things change with "Sympathy Crutch",
kicking off by an electric arpeggio that grows up till it bursts; this
song is based on a steady contrast between calm and raw moments in the
vein of the indie Rock more popular during the beginning of this new
millennium, leaving a lot of parts unsung.
My personal highlight and best candidate to become a single is "Actonvonskilliant":
a short, lively instrumental track that never sounds boring; it reminds
me of the Datsuns, nevertheless Simon's drumwork is a bit more crushing.
Long and rocking, "Capri" includes another Monster
Magnet-like vocals with a slow central structure where a few vocals
are delayed. The strangely-titled "The Cow Is Now"
is opened by a heavily distorted bass followed by a riff whose style
is close to what proposed recently by Auf Der Maur; then the tetchy
vocals and the massive rhythmic section act like the foundations of
the track's set piece, that is the penetrating riffing.
The closing "Holes in the Ground" is also present under
a video version; it deals with Hardcore and Metal akin to the never-enough-regretted
Warrior Soul, while the rest of the composition may sound borrowed from
the perkiest Gluecifer.
Massive and straightforward, this remarkable CD was self-recorded in
one day and mixed in another, even though you'd not believe it if you
were not told. My hope is they don't get obnubilated by the many tiresome
products like the stinking Ash or Muse, which are daily force-fed by
MTV and similar channels. As far as I'm concerned, the fact that they're
still without a deal is a shame and says very much about the critical
conditions in which UK's scene is finding itself. Ok, Whoremoan don't
offer anything new, but at least everybody'll agree their alchemy is
a genuine and well-performed pattern easily distinguishable from the
mediocrity of several bands releasing a good single and video, 9-10
crappy songs, cashing quick and disappearing faster than comets from
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/12/04
-Youth Must Dare