Fast and Angry Desert Rock Debut from Costa Rica!
Review by a new contributor, please welcome Tatiana alias Mrs. Karnstein from France!
If there is only one thing to say about Redhead Match, it’s this: they play desert rock and hell! They play it well. These four Costa Rican guys got together in 2014 and started jamming in the vein of Fu Manchu and Kyuss, with the idea of playing the kind of stoner rock that could be featured on the soundtrack of the Mad Max movies… so you get the general idea: you’re in for speed, fuzz and lots of dust.
How is the sound?
While each track of Wasteland is different and has its own identity, the overall sound remains straight-to-your-face, fat and heavy all throughout. Daniel Rosales’s vocals achieve a perfect balance between softness and aggressiveness. If you rather love the more laid-back, quiet side of desert rock music, I am sorry to say that this EP is not for you. These guys play fast, they play loud and they get straight down to business. Listening to Redhead Match feels like the band stripped music of all its superfluous elements to get to the essence of the Almighty Riff, and damn! I love them for it.
The EP opens with an energetic, powerful guitar riff that automatically gets you hooked. And that’s before the bass kicks in… when it does, I can assure you that you’ll feel like driving at full speed on a highway across the desert, never wanting to stop or even slow down before the end of the song. The same type of energy can be found on “Slain”, in addition to a definite Red Fang vibe, and that can’t be a bad thing, am I right?
“Burn Your Mother”, on the other hand, is more mid-tempo than the rest of the EP, but don’t worry: it’s in no way some cheesy power ballad. The aggressiveness introduced with the first song remains untouched and the track features the catchiest vocals of the album.
My personal favorite is “Ghost”, which was previously released as a single and therefore was not specifically recorded for Wasteland. Groovy drums, catchy riffs, haunting vocals: all the ingredients are there to leave you hungry for more when the last larsen dies out…
Redhead Match is planning on releasing an album in 2018, with a heavier, doomier sound, and after such an amazing debut EP, I really can’t wait to hear it!
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because who the hell doesn’t like catchy guitar riffs supported by a fat, heavy rhythm section?
- Because Redhead Match manages to create that rare thing: a constant tension that is never released – even during the calmer parts.
- Because this is a killer debut!
In what situation you should listen to this album?
- On a road trip to a festival – or to anywhere, for that matter.
- Whenever you need an energy boost.
For Fans Of
Kyuss, Slo Burn, Truckfighters, Red Fang, Fu Manchu, Duckhunters
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