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Motherboar - "The Beast Becomes the Servant" (CD)

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"The Beast Becomes the Servant" track listing:

1. Croctosquatch
2. Blood Wand
3. Camel Puncher
4. I. Inhale
5. II. Amphibious
6. III. The Beast Becomes the Servant
7. Noose Of Fire
8. Zombie Vomit

Reviewed by on January 19, 2011

"This one simply explodes through the headphones with unbridled sonic force and intense clarity"

The latest bowel-rumbling creation to crawl out of Boston’s fertile hardcore/metal underground, Motherboar come with a beefy, stoner/grind/thrash attack that hits with the force of a Vince Wilfork sack.

The centerpiece of this self-released sophomore release is a musical trilogy that starts with “I. Inhale,” which begins with a dreamy, guitar intro that quickly devolves into a chugging, guttural sensory assault. The next chapter, “II. Amphibious,” oozes dense sludge and is driven by fuzz guitar reminiscent of vintage Pentagram or Clutch. The album’s namesake is the punishing third chapter, “III. The Beast Becomes the Servant,” a runaway freight train of a track that crescendos with a fist-thrusting gang vocal chant.

They occasionally drift into proggy psychedelia, a la fellow Boston-natives Isis or even Mastodon, but the riffs are mostly direct, aggressive and always packed with power. There’s an organic, raw sound, but the production is pretty massive, so don’t expect some kind of lo-fi demo. This one simply explodes through the headphones with unbridled sonic force and intense clarity.

“Noose of Fire” channels High On Fire, while “Zombie Vomit” explores the world of the undead over speaker-scalding riffs and a hulking percussive thump. But the disc’s shining moment is “Camel Puncher,” which has a classic acid rock/heavy metal edge and an infectious hook that’ll have you reaching for the repeat button. It reminded me of the ballsy feeling I got the first time I heard Lamb of God’s “Redneck.”

Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.

Highs: A bold step forward and an original, meaty addition to the stoner metal landscape.

Lows: A bit more lyrical depth would push this over the top.

Bottom line: Ballsy, stripped down, no-bullshit metal with a stoner-core edge

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)