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Mothertrucker : Electric Blacksmith

Mothertrucker is back with a new album, which of course is all instrumental. Compared to 'The Last Ride of Dr Sanchez', the music leans less towards stoner metal and more towards doomcore droners like Pelican. The result is that while they still sound like themselves, they have lost some of the original edge they had on the previous CD. When it comes to musicianship quality though, they've lost no ground and can compete very well with other similar bands.

According to the song titles, the music has a sci-fi or post apocalyptic setting attached to it. However, there are rarely any spaced elements involved. It's also a bit too calm to involve any wars or fights. The soundscapes are somewhat arid though, and thus I'm fully capable of envisioning it as a desert world of some kind. Perhaps this is Planet 55? In the Cancri system astronomers have labeled five planets Planet 55 Cnc A through E and it's theorized that one of them is the size of Jupiter. No need to mention that Mothertrucker has managed one of the really great things that can be achieved through instrumental music: It inspires the imagination.

This, of course, makes one wonder about the title of the fifth track, 'Kings of Kabaddi'. Kabaddi is a south-Asian team sport where one is supposed to wrestle your opponents and then return to your side of the field to get a point. Sort of like tag as a team sport. Perhaps the most important rule is that they are not allowed to breathe while attacking and have to chant "kabaddi" to prove that they're not breathing. I'm not 100% sure how this fits together with the music as I'm still given that arid, desert-like feeling from the music.

My final judgment is that those who like doomcore/drone might be interested in this. There is enough good riffage to keep you entertained as an active listener, as well as a smooth enough feeling to make it good background music.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Horn of Edwards
2. The Russian
3. The taking of Planet 55
4. Dark Destroyer
5. Kings of Kabaddi

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes

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Reviewed on 17-11-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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