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Motorgun: Motorgun

Anyone who regularly follows the steady stream of reviews here on SoT will already have a pretty good idea that I like the output of US, heavy blues specialists Grooveyard Records; the label's stamp on a band a sure fire sign of quality (no, I'm not on a retainer, I just genuinely like their output!) The latest newbies in the 'yard are Brazil's Motorgun and I have to say that this fledgling outfit are a slight departure for those in charge of the Groove. As with the label's other releases, this band are still all about the guitar, the fretwork from Bebeto Daroz thick and full. Unexpectedly however, there's far less reliance on the blues, or even a classic rock framework than you might expect. Instead Motorgun like to mix it up, heavy it down and spread their genre net all around.

Take "Beyond The Black", a song which alludes to its inspiration through its title as Dio era Sabbath riffs thunder down. The guitar solo however is less Iommi like, faster fretwork and a slightly bluesy edge not always sure what to do with the excellently lumbering feel. That style is kind of revisited again on "Hellhounds", which hits more like it comes from Tony Martin's time in the Sab's mixed with Ozzy's. Elsewhere "Come And Go" rolls with real intent, the main riff feeling as though it wouldn't be out of place on a Black Stone Cherry album, whereas "Rebel Souls" begins like The Cult, before allowing Daroz loose on a more anticipated blusey hit of guitar that in the chorus reminds slightly of latter day Europe (which is no bad thing).

Edinho on bass and Leo Mello on drums both put in great shifts, but with Daroz also providing solid vocals, there's a feeling that he's the driving force here, even if most of the tracks were written by all three. The majority of the time he comes through, the biting spiral of guitars on "Back To Ashes" mighty and yet the chorus here shows that when Motorgun try to mix things up a little too much, they can come unstuck, the stop start section where the guitar takes a step back feeling unnatural and forced. However with the majority of the tracks power packed bursts of heavy guitars (Daroz sure as hell can play), even when things aren't quite clicking into place, they still hit hard.

Put into the context that this is a debut album from a young band, the consistency level it reaches does suggest that great things might come from Motorgun. That title can't quite be bestowed on them yet, but for those who love heavier guitar based music, there's still plenty to recommend.


Track Listing
1. HEADING FOR TOMORROW

2. REBEL SOULS

3. BACK TO ASHES

4. DELIVERANCE

5. HELLHOUNDS

6. COME AND GO

7. BEYOND THE BLACK

8. WHISKEY, WOMEN AND A WHOLE LOTTA BLUES

9. CALL ME A LOSER
10. GOING HOME

Added: August 28th 2016
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Motorgun at The Grooveyard
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Language: english

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