Fuzzed-Out Kick in the Teeth from Sweden !
We all know what northern countries can bring to us: talented, fuzzy and crazy bands, who just knock our head off with high-voltage riffs. Kung Funghi is one of them. From Stockholm, Sweden, this 5-piece crew rock hard. They already get my attention when they released a self-titled 2-tracks EP: ‘One-Eyed Skoll‘ and ‘Son of a Goat-Dog‘. In this album, you will find these two tracks, supplemented by 3 more songs. They bring a pure rock’n’roll vibe by being very raw, especially in the vocals, and also introduce some creative ideas. Composed by David Örfelth and Mattias Häggström Gerdt on the guitars, Marcus Folkeryd on the bass, Johan Eriksson on the drums and Vincent Momeni on the vocals, this album is an ear-killer.
How is the sound ?
Kung Funghi blast us with an intense bass line, at the beginning of ‘Kill or Be Killed‘, and what a sensation! They hit hard and precisely where it’s good: awesome rhythm, raw vocals, and well-placed riffage. It works terribly fine as an overture and gets us prepared for the chaos they gonna unleash in our ears.
‘One-Eyed Skoll‘ (the first track I heard from this band) follow the flow of the first track. Fuzz flies around us and hits like a hammer. We discover an original riff, boosted by a well-toned bass-drums workship. Tickled by the sharp sound of the guitar and some awesome vocals, this track is a mind booster. ‘No Name‘ switch between ‘chiller’ moments, handled by a beautiful bass-drums duet, and more intense moments which really contrast by using a compressed sound on the guitar, like if the strings were suffocating. If you ordered an extra-fuzzed bass, I hope you are ready, because Marcus Folkeyd drops a true wall of sound on this one.
I love waking up to the sound of ‘Son of a Goat-Dog‘. It makes everything you do really badass and you picture yourself, riding an old Mustang in a (snowy?) desert. The main riff sounds really great and all the different little breaks are very pleasant. Again, the use of different effects on the guitar change a lot the tone and offer something very refreshing. ‘Zugzwang‘ close this awesome debut album. A mix of deep/cleaner parts and fuzzed/doomed riffs, Kung Funghi let us with a powerful song, powered by some strong and heartbreaking vocals.
They dropped here a serious debut album. I love the creativity on the riffs and the melodies, but I also dig this bass-drums breaks/parts. Rich and profound, the different tracks sounds awesome, some are more in a stoner type but some go deeper and set up a gloomy vibe. This is absolutely the sounds I like to hear and the album I wanted to listen after discovering their first EP.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Strong rhythm section: some bass/drums pieces are stunning.
- The sound of the guitar with all the effects and the writing give an awesome vibe to the whole thing.
- A lot of grooves and awesome works on the vocals.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
All the common things you do take some badass proportions with this album, so all the situations are great!
For Fans Of
Lowrider, Lacertilia, Greenleaf, Truckfighters, Duckhunters, Fuzzcrafter
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