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Mustasch - Testosterone

Published September 15 2015

=Staff's pick

Yara's Song
Breaking Up With Disaster
The Rider*
Down To Earth
The Hunter
Be Like A Man
Under The Radar

Genre Hard Rock/Stoner Metal
Ralf Gyllenhammar
Tracks 10
Ralf Gyllenhammar
Running time 38 Min.
David Johannesson
Label GAIN Music/Sony Music
Stam Johansson-
Release September 18, 2015
Jejo Perkovic
Country Sweden
Producer Rikard Löfgren
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Mustasch has kind of entered a new age by letting guitarist David Johannesson, together with the album's producer Rikard Löfgren, be in charge of the songwriting for an entire release. Prior to this album, David has contributed to this process with a few songs on each of the recordings that he has participated on and lead vocalist and main man Ralf Gyllenhammar has pretty much done the rest of that important and crucial task. Ralf has probably lately figured out that change was necessary after doing most of the work for years and years and has therefore only written the lyrics to this effort.

The overall vocal melodies of the songs still have the classic Mustasch attributes with Ralf's vocals frequently being pretty much similar in tone to what he has done earlier in the band's catalogue. Meaning it's not an outstanding or perfected work, but his input is yet a vital factor to this unit's rather dirty and rough type of heavy music, and quite frankly I also think that he has stepped up a little bit in his performance this time and occasionally I wonder if he has taken some time off to visit a personal song coach to be able to come out stronger than before.

The actual music in a large number of songs is basically different from what we're used to and most of this record sounds fresh and this is undecidedly a much more diverse effort as a whole than what many of the band's past records have shown. The heavy riffs and drums and the mighty bass playing are still present in the heavier songs, but in the tranquil and mellow songs, it's mainly a different type of performance with more hooks and melodies involved in the guitar playing, which reportedly is played solely by David.

Even though the band has undergone a certain rebirth, I think that the end result is in the rough equivalent in quality with what's been offered with the band's latest releases. It's pretty good, but without finding its ways to the good old times and it definitely has its valleys and pits. I prefer in some way the more ballad-like songs, maybe because they seem more innovative or that I'm somehow not familiar to their approach. Testosterone is in the end a fairly good album, but I believe that fans to Mustasch should not expect it to be one of the band's best albums or it to be a completely new beginning after all.

See also review of: Thank You For The Demon , Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven , Mustasch , Ratsafari
See also: interview with David Johannesson








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