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Additional producers: Rikard Löfgren, Gustav Ydenius.
In its native Sweden, Mustasch was somewhat well-known to the metal community already in the early 2000's. With the driving and controlling force, as well as vocalist and guitarist, Ralf Gyllenhammar's entry to a few, in our own tight small world, not so respectful and legitimate music-TV shows, the country's general public's eyes and ears were set into action and the main man was suddenly receiving hard earned open recognition.
From the very start, Mustasch was pretty unique, but during the latter half of the band's career, focus has been more on the procedure of melody and effectiveness to kind of please the broader masses than on heavy, saturated and massive grooves that made that early stoner metal impact so remarkable when this unit was up-and-coming and created an undeniable reaction that hit hard.
With Mustasch's seventh full length installment, Thank You For The Demon, I see a return to many decisive moments and they eliminate all my doubts and questions quickly. The record with lyrics of self-disclosure is immensely varied within the band's margins as they combine nine different approaches and absolutely rally a little to better days.
When I listened to the album a few weeks ago, I took some notes to see what it was about. What came out of the nine songs along the stretch was sequentially, faster, catchy, heavier and gruesome, slower, rocking and impulsive, ballad, retro, disco metal with tongue-in-cheek, semi-acoustic. To me this says strong diversity, but necessarily this album don't kill all competition just because of this appreciated matter.
Its additional evident ongoing momentum makes this a rather good release, although the lack of state of the art songs seems a bit frustrating. Most songs somehow never reach over the edge and they sort of bounce back to just being good and unfortunately not total killer.