Fuzz Lord - Fuzz Lord

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Fuzz Lord
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Its burnt-out, retro cover art withstanding, a further American doom/stoner metal band worth checking out is Chillicothe (rhymes with “coffee”), Ohio’s Fuzz Lord, who, following a very short two track EP in 2014, “The Key in Silence”, has roughly round the bend with its first full-length proper, a self-titled and eight tracked “fuzzed out” exercise bringing to mind a mild, non-committal cross between early Electric Wizard and Pentagram with perhaps a chillaxing touch of Dozer’s hard-driving boppy-ness thanks to its cranky Muppet sounding frontman/bassist and band mates’ plucky, at times, steamrolling riff-age and battery.
That said, the album as a whole flows with a steady grace, while avoiding contrite, molasses-slow tempos, as well as ridiculously down-tuned instrumentation, starting with the clean, bluesy and bend laden one and three-quarter minute “The Gates of Hell” and ending with the twirly mid-tempo groover “Infamous Evil”, the longest track at close eight minutes, as well as solid proof the trio’s catchy and cosmic bent isn’t simply limited to token spurts of adrenaline-fueled rhythms and quirky flair, such as on the hopping and scratchy, as well as Offspring-ish “The Lord of the Underground”, or swaying gruel-fest, “Evil Infamy”, with its topsy-turvy bridge and rather simplistic yet effective mini-solos. To this end, guitar leads, which are conservatively but wisely deployed, are a step above Electric Wizard’s slack and drawn-out pentatonic languor, while far distant from say, Victor Griffin’s finger-blistering and tempestuous style, as attested by the shimmering as well as echoing, heavy psych pizazz of the latent break on “Kronos Visions Arise”, for instance.
Sporting none-too-subtle doom monikers are said front man/bassist “Stoner” Dan RIley, drummer/backing vocalist Lawrence “Lord Buzz” and ax chopper Steven “Fuzz Lord”, whose equable contributions provide a fair balance to each track; effectively, in addition to the vocal-free opener and “The Fall of Fate”, a watery and reverb induced minute of dramatic swing serving as an appropriate prelude to “Infamous Evil”, a good number of track commence in a clean, proto-metal fashion, from the seven-minute “Kronos Visions Arise”, with its tumbling opening guitar lick and Pentagram-ish i.e “All My Sins” mid-point at 03:33, to the twangy inception of “Worlds Collide” by way of the wistful and soothing guitar progression of “The Warriors Who Reign”. On that note, this last is, along with “Kronos Visions Arise” and “The Lord of the Underground”, one of the more memorable tracks thanks to its no-nonsense, fulminating guitar riffs and apotheosized, downwind chorus.
Although Fuzz Lord’s full-length debut can be considered somewhat tame, maybe even run-of-the-mill to die-hard doomsters, rest assured it makes for swell driving music unlikely to offend, or overly excite for matter. If anything, not only is this enthusiastic Mid-western doom/stoner metal outfit assuredly on the right track, but also likely well-received by the fine folk of Ross County, who surely appreciate a break from its current heroin epidemic.

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