Saturday 19 May 2018

Mos Generator - Shadowlands (Album Review)

Release date: May 11th 2018. Label: Listenable Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Shadowlands – Tracklisting

1.Shadowlands 04:34
2.The Destroyer
3.Drowning In Your Loving Cup
4.Stolen Ages
5.Gamma / Hydra
6.The Blasting Concept
7.Woman Song
8.The Wild & Gentle Dogs


TONY REED / guitar, vocals, keyboards, assorted instruments


Greetings all,

Shadowlands is the 7th full length from Mos Generator, who are one of Washington State’s best kept secrets. Those unfamiliar with the band have missed out on countless killer splits, records, and comp appearances. On Shadowlands the band delivers on their trademark groove heavy rock.

These guys know their way around a riff and a killer hook and have delivered eight masterfully crafted tracks of pure rock fury. The record is excellently recorded, not too clean and not too raw. Musically, the band is tight and rocking and they do a superb job of wrapping dark subject matter inside warm, fuzzy hooks.

The title track, Shadowlands, opens the record with a huge grunge rock punch and an amazing earworm chorus. The Destroyer follows with a feedback and drum filled opening to deliver a killer driving song. The band shows a little love with the Thin Lizzy inspired Drowning in Your Love Cup, which is a nostalgia filled rocker.

A long astral inspired instrumental opens the track Stolen Ages before kicking in with another rip snorting rocker with a killer chorus. Gamma Hydra is quite possibly the catchiest plea for science and reason you will ever hear. This is an amazingly catchy track that you will be humming for weeks, guaranteed. The uptempo rock of The Blasting Concept continues the aural assault. The band spends another couple of minutes at the Thin Lizzy altar with the 70’s rock inspired Woman Song. The record closes with the acoustic opening of the epic sounding, The Wild and Gentle Dogs. The songs opening acoustic lament devolve into an ominous and methodical instrumental close.

The almost effortless brilliance that is displayed by Mos Generator on Shadowlands is nothing short of awe inspiring. Mos Generator may just be the Foo Fighters it’s OK to like, If you dig Fu Manchu, Black Rainbows, Orange Goblin or the like and you aren’t familiar with this band, you need to be, and you need to do it right away. Shadowlands is a rewarding listen and these guys deserve all the accolades they should receive for this killer album.

- Todd S

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Words by Todd Stealey

You can buy Shadowlands on CD/DD/Vinyl from Listenable Records now.