ALBUM REVIEW: Nitrogods “Roadkill BBQ”

NITROGODS "Roadkill BBQ" album cover

NITROGODS “Roadkill BBQ” album cover

Nitrogods come roaring out of Germany like the bastard sons of Motorhead, picking up the torch from a fallen Lemmy and running with it to a Valhalla where everything is louder than everything else and bands don’t play any slow songs.

Album opener “Rancid Rock” sets the tone with heavy riffs, jackhammer drumming, guitar solos that shred through Marshall amps cranked to 11 and vocals of the two packs of Marlboro’s and a fifth of Jack Daniels variety. In other words this is the stuff rock-n-roll dreams are made of.

Oh and these guys are plenty funny too! The raucous track “My Loves A Wire Brush” features some blistering slide guitar work and a repeated chant of “Feel my wire brush/my loves a wire brush” which leads one to believe that maybe a little manscaping might not be amiss for this crew? Ouch! Groupies you have been warned!

As you may have guessed, subtlety and nuance are not Nitrogods strong suit but loud, fast, aggressive rock-n-roll is. And they are very, very good at it. If you like it hard and rough, if you miss Lemmy Kilmister or if you find yourself head banging throughout the day for no apparent reason then The Nitrogods are the “made loud to be played loud” band you’ve been looking for.

Pick up their third studio album Roadkill BBQ via Steamhammer / SPV May 26.

ALBUM REVIEW: Mammoth Mammoth “Mount The Mountain”

MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Mount The Mountain" CD cover art 2017

MAMMOTH MAMMOTH “Mount The Mountain” CD cover art 2017

Mount The Mountain is the unashamedly riff-rocking new release by Australian stoner metal band Mammoth Mammoth. Mix together the grease of Mudhoney, the energy of The MC5 and the strutting sexuality of the Stooges and you have the racing fuel that super charges their excellent new album.

Title track and stoner epic “Mount The Mountain,” starts the ball rolling with a horns up, guitar buzzing, big ass RIFF! By the time the storming chorus kicks in vocalist Mikey Tucker is shouting “Yeah… Well Yeah Alright!” And listening to the sheer bravado of these guys you can’t help but pump your fist in the air and shout along with him that things here are indeed “ALRIGHT!”. Obviously these guys are on a serious mission to rock and are taking no prisoners, if you were waiting to hear some slow dance numbers you might be listening to the wrong album.

What Mammoth Mammoth has in spades, besides an unerring knack for riding a guitar riff like it was a rodeo bull they were stuck fast to with superglue, is the even better trick of knowing how to write a really good song. Now don’t get me wrong, these guys ain’t Mozart…subtle they are not. But what they do very, very well is structure songs that were literally crafted so you can bang your head to them. But they sprinkle a little ear-candy into the mix that burrows into your brain and makes you want to play them again and again.



Mammoth Mammoth has made a record that’s ultimately a celebration of being alive. Because you know… life’s a bitch and then you die, blah blah blah. But what’s great about Mammoth Mammoth is this is the kind of music that invites you to forget that things can sometimes be a grind and get back to what’s really important, you know what I’m talking about…big riffed ROCK MUSIC done right!

This is pure escapism at 100 mph and I like it. Consider this album an invitation to a place where every night is Friday night. Put the record on, turn the volume up real loud, then jump in the ‘69 Camaro with Mammoth Mammoth – tires squealing and smoking on the blacktop as you peel out with them.

Release Date April 28, 2017
Napalm Records

ALBUM REVIEW: Mew “Visuals”

MEW Visuals

MEW “Visuals” CD cover art 2017

With their new album Visuals, Mew delivers to their fans (both old and new) the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer. It is their seventh album in a twenty year career by the Scandinavian alt-prog rockers and their first since the departure of founding member guitarist Bo Madsen.

Visuals presents Mew in their purest state, the band produced the record, crafted the artwork and designed the stage lighting for their upcoming tour.

Album opener “Nothingness and No Regrets” begins things off quietly with lush vocals floating above keyboard pads and acoustic guitars. The quiet before the squall – as the drums and bass erupt like a thunderstorm, propelling the song into a massive, festival sized, crowd sing-along anthem.

“The Wake Of Your Life” rumbles to life with drum rolls that would make any 70’s prog rock band proud before subversively breaking into sunshine drenched pop. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a convertible ride in summer. Top down, singing along with your friends to the big radio ready chorus: “Ooh they don’t know / They don’t know / What fools are we / An elixir of light / You’re reciting the words”.

And suddenly you comprehend that in the sugar spinning, cotton candy machine world that is Mew, there is so much more going on than you realized on first impression.

Vocals float across the soundstage buoyed up by perfect harmonies. Guitars shimmer and keyboards grind, adding just the right amount of color and texture. The drums enter and exit at the perfect moments to propel the songs forward or reel them back in, providing contrast and shadow.


MEW photo: Sasha Ryabina

The album cover features a striking image of a Mexican Day of The Dead sugar skull super- imposed over lead vocalist Jonas Bjerre’s face. It’s a perfect visual image for their music. But underneath the sugar there is a constant hint of melancholy that has Mew striking just the right balance of sweet to sour.

Listening to Visuals I was struck by the finely crafted arrangements. This is music that was made to be listened to on headphones, but also music that translates to a blasting car stereo. Mew has concocted a mature album of pure pop that would surely bring a smile to Brian Wilson’s face.

Enjoy the ride.

Release Date April 28, 2017
PIAS (Play It Again Sam)