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Motherfaster: Slower Father

If you haven’t heard of Motherfaster before, you might want to check out this album. Even though it’s been available for several months, the band is recirculating it now in the hopes of finding even more appreciative listeners. I think they’ll find some. The band began in Athens, Greece, all the way back in 2011 and quickly developed into a raw and dirty band playing music in the tradition of Motorhead, Saxon, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Skid Row. All those influences are present here, but I think most listeners will just sit back and enjoy the band’s swampy heavy rock that is at once soulful, riff-centric, and fun. The best thing about this album is that it never sounds like a parody of itself. These guys are here for the riffs and the power of heavy rock.

This album opens with “Stash the Cash,” a song built around the kind of Western sounding melodies that are buried deeply in our musical subconscious. It’s a fun romp that builds up to a powerful riff that should get listeners bobbing their heads along happily. You might even picture old Western actors squinting into the sun as they prepare for a shootout. Things pick up even more steam in “Abused in the Garden of Love,” a song also built around a strong riff. Unlike the first track, this one has vocals. Paminos Giannakopoulos, who also plays bass, sings in a clean style that suits the music effectively. The next two songs, “Shotgun Blast,” and “Bull on a Parachute,” build on the energy of the first two tracks and keep it going well. I was especially fond of the cowbell on “Bull on a Parachute.”

Things turn swampy in “Crocoblues,” a bluesy tune that not only slows things down but also thickens them up. This is a cool tune because it shows just how gritty the band can be. I confess that I liked the energy of the first four tracks better, but I can’t fault this band’s overall blues sound. “Kamikaze Rider” returns the listener to 80s-inspired rock centered around an effective and chuggy riff. The album closes with “Snitches get Stiches (I Smell a Rat),” another decent rock track built around a familiar formula. Even better was “Evil Eye Removal,” my favorite track on the album. It’s a bit slower than the opening tracks, but I liked the way the singer channeled Black Sabbath-era Ozzy in his vocals. Things close with a strong cover of “Sinnerman.”

There’s nothing particularly new about this band, but some bands like this wear their influences out too quickly or just sound clichéd. Fortunately, the band avoids those problems and just makes good, solid, gritty music. Check out “Stash the Cash,” “Abused in the Garden of Love” and “Evil Eye Removal.”

Track Listing:
1. Stash the Cash
2. Abused in the Garden of Love
3. Shotgun Blast
4. Bull on a Parachute
5. Crocoblues
6. Kamikaze Rider
7. Snitches get Stiches (I Smell a Rat)
8. Evil Eye Removal
9. Sinnerman (Cover)

Added: February 24th 2021
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Language: english

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