WHERE: Cardinal Fuzz
WHERE: Cardinal Fuzz
Cardinal Fuzz have themselves a super cool roster of talent. Just looking at their store and browsing through all the material and gazing at the band names and their album covers and boy, I feel like a kid in a sweet shop, and all the sweets are Dip Dabs. Today we’re finally trying to crack down on a huge backlog and have finally reached February, and we’re talking about Population IV, the new album from the band whose name I’m not going to repeat a lot throughout this review, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons.
These guys perform a sound that’s heavily influenced by the desert and offers a doomy arsenal of elongated tracks and guitars that know how good they sound. It’s calm, it’s cool, and knows exactly when to kick things up a notch, and it makes for some good listening. Opening track The Sorcerers introduces us to this sound with some catchy guitar licks and power chords aplenty, alongside some pummelling drum beats and a riff in particular that always makes me think I’ve suddenly started listening to Sabbath’s Iron Man. It’s a very solid way to get new fans invested and also a great way to confirm that even after taking a break for 5 years that hey, we’re still badass.
Our personal highlights lie inside the longer cuts on Population IV, as the expanded timescale allows the tracks and the band’s sound to progress and develop without necessarily having to rush things. So to us hearing certain parts like the steady, getting underway introduction of Chapel Perilous makes us do a little joyful wee. The track’s chilled tempo allows some cleaner guitar to be heard amongst the heavy bass strums and mass use of distortion but it really comes into its own when things start to get a little bit naughty. Huge walls of thunder are erected with each band member’s collective thrust into their instruments and good lord, it sounds so brutal and deadly. It’s awesome.
This spills over into the ten minute beast that is Throne Control which once again eventually descends into a thunderous roar of guitars and drums which after around eight minutes of things slowly being set up like scaffolding, it’s very rewarding to see the band just crush it back down again.
Population IV is a tremendous return for You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons. It exceeds in delivering and maintaining a high volume of riffs, melodies, and a general all round display of pure venomous sound throughout a mix of elongated and concise tracks. It’s a very solid album, and one that will definitely get played throughout the rest of the year. Awesome. For more music reviews, free downloads and a tour of the desert check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.