done for six decades, with its heyday being the mid to later years of the 20th
century; yet it shows no signs of stopping again. One of the latest bands do so
is FAT.MO.MAC with the release of
their self-titled debut album. The band reanimates the roots of heavy metal and
delivers us to a long-forgotten time of rotary telephones and hippies.
guitarist Lars Johansson (Candlemass) with the addition of Mats
Leven (Candlemass), Klas Gunnerfeldt
(Psychosomatic Cowboys), Tobbe Moen (Silent Call), Stefan
Gunnarsson (Raj Montana Band),
and lastly one Roger E, each member
adding their own flair to the project and increasing its uniqueness.
perfectly, both for sound and image. The opening riff is undeniably bluesy with
its warm tone, accompanied by the short wailing vocal line that creates the
epitome of a blues track within the first few seconds. The song is well-paced with
an eclectic guitar solo to boot. The title is fitting for the niche as it
brings imagery of a Robert Johnson-esque
character doing his business along the dusty roads, yet in contrast to the
lyrics of a vehicle being involved.
is another cliché blues track. At first I thought
it was a covert rendition of “Walk”
by Pantera, but it soon distances
itself from that. It is a great guitar-driven instrumental track which grooves
really well. I also think it would have worked best as the outro for the album
instead of the clunky “Get Home”, an
exceedingly slow-tempo track that doesn’t particularly leave me wanting any
guitars superbly from the get-go, and with an extra little guitar solo added in,
I can’t complain. The initial drum rhythm fills out any spaces left from the
guitar, which keeps some intrigue. I particularly enjoyed the vocals on this
track as they had a distinctive range that accented the guitar rhythm well.
Overall though, this album was a hit-and-miss for
me personally. A few tracks stood out which were well performed and had my
attention for their entirety, but the sludgy tempo throughout got a bit too
repetitive, with some of the unworded vocal melodies making me wince at times.
It took me a while to get in to the vocals, but they did grow on me eventually,
especially the wails throughout. In conclusion, this album’s genre isn’t one I
would go out of my way to listen to, but on the other hand, it was an
experience to listen to and the choice tracks were enjoyable.