Truckfighters – Universe

Stoner / desert rock
Released on 24th January 2014
by Fuzzorama Records

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Any musical genre that surfaces associated to a certain place quickly loses that geographical exclusivity and desert rock is no exception. This wider brand of stoner rock, born in Palm Desert, California, stretched out to Scandinavia and here’s Truckfighters. already releasing their fourth full-length.

Without a much diverse writing, each one of “Universe”‘s seven tracks leave its mark in our ears. Describing “Mindcontrol”. “The Chairman” and “Dream Sale” will be very alike – the mid-tempo rhythm section in combination with the guitar riffs create such a beaten pattern, almost like a mantra, repeating itself and sticking to the memory. But the set of notes and tones is different, with one or two progressive passages, so despite the familiar sound, each of the three mentioned tracks has its own identity.

These words would also fit “Prophet”, but this sounds more straight-forward, with somewhat chipper strands and a more subtle groove… it sounds “more different”, hence the reference in a distinct paragraph.

“Get Lifted” and “Mastodont”, on the other hand, flow at a slower pace, in the more doom-ish side of stoner rock. And so, they’re also the heaviest songs in the album, full of dark guitars – especially “Mastodont”, given its +14-minute length which lead the listener to an epic trance. The exact opposite of “Convention”, both in length and nature – alternative rock, less than two minutes long… in fact it even seems that it’s unfinished, ending so abruptly.

“Universe” won’t be the album of the year within the genre, but its melodic thickness labels it of “great”.

4 / 5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

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