Mushroom River Band
Genres: stoner rock, metal, doom rock
PO Box 40322
July 22 - 28 2002
day I came up with the most bizarre description I had ever thought of.
At the time, I was consuming a most delicious treat, and, in response
to my ravishing gustatory experience, I proclaimed that the delicacy
was so good "that I could eat my eyes out". After much
thought, I determined that this was a very bizarre thing to say, and
that the particular appetizer I was eating did not deserve such a
compliment. In fact, if something were to induce the consuming of ones
eyes, it must be not only delicious, but ravishingly potent. Like a
really good song. Like a really good band. Like The Mushroom River
Simsalabim could be MeteorCity's most powerful album yet.
Combining ultra-rapid monster riffs with super-fast drumming and tear-em-up
vocals, the band completely blasts the crap out of their instruments.
The best track on this album is undoubtedly "My Vote Is
Blank", a power-riffed blast of energy that's definitely been
written by an Iron Maiden junkie. "Tree of No Hope"
follows immediately with a solid, Iron-ized chorus that's
perfect for yelling along to. "Change It" is another
winner, with one of the greatest doom metal choruses I've ever
heard. After the powerful chanting of "Break me/Awake
me/Awake me and break me now", a wonderful slowdown verse comes
on, perfectly timed, only to be followed by another pile-driver
chorus. It's this sort of rockin' power-punch that lends Simsalabim
its astounding quality.
This album is considerably short (excluding the long wait for the
bonus track - which is just the irritating sound of someone snoring
twenty times), but, for the most part, completely amazing. Metal
fans would be well-advised to jump at any chance they get to pick up Simsalabim.
43 min twelve sec; ten tracks; distributed by All
That's Heavy; released 10/06/02]