Saturday 27 April 2019

Redhead Match - Birthing Of The Fuzzmen (Album Review)

Release date: April 26th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Birthing Of The Fuzzman – Tracklisting

1.Dark Rituals 05:47
2.Monster In The Forest 05:20
3.The Will Of The Beast 04:20
4.Paranoid Man 05:25
5.Snakes 03:58
6.Grifasaurus (feat. Age Of The Wolf) 07:39


Daniel Rosales - Vocals / Guitar
Jose Rodriguez - Guitar
Diego Matamoros - Bass / Vocals
Josué Arguedas - Drums


Birthing Of The Fuzzman is the debut album from Costa Rican Doom/Fuzz/Stoner Rockers – Redhead Match – and the band conjure up a different style of Doom/Stoner Metal. With the band adding a dark and delicious Fuzz Rock riffs to their music. Add some heavy Progressive Rock Grooves into the mix and you have an album that’s refreshingly real and quite dark at times.

The album roars into life with the excellent opening song – Dark Rituals – which feels inspired by bands such as Black Sabbath, SLEEP, Kyuss, Red Fang and Mastodon especially when the heavier progressive sludge riffs appear. The dark ambient noises and vocals interact surprisingly well. The song could have easily have fallen apart with the many different ideas and sounds Redhead Match have included here. However this is a trippy and psychedelic delight.

Second song – Monster In The Forest – opts for a true Doom/Stoner Metal approach with the album becoming heavier but still maintaining a likeable FUZZ ROCK approach. Though Daniel’s impressive vocals keeps the Doom and Gloom atmosphere right at the forefront of Redhead Match’s music and overall vision for the album. The sludgy guitars are perhaps the best part of the song as they effortlessly hold everything together.

Third song – The Will Of The Beast – is where Redhead Beast start to feel more comfortable with their Doom Metal persona. It’s a highly confident approach from the band and it’s still good to hear the different strands of Fuzz Rock and Stoner Metal appearing here and there. This song is one of the standout songs held on the album. As it’s a hard-rocking song that you can easily lose yourself in.

The second half of the album continues the strong work delivered on the first half of the album with Redhead Match creating more vivid and exciting Doom/Stoner Metal riffs with songs such as Paranoid Man and Grifasaurus showing Redhead Match having the heaviest riffs on the album.

Grifasaurus is a duet with another Costa Rican Stoner Metal band called Age Of The Wolf who will be releasing their very own debut album OuroboricTrances on May 10th 2019 which I will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks or so. So this will give you a chance to hear two excellent Doom/Stoner Metal bands from the Costa Rican Heavy Metal scene in action and makes it worth the purchase of the album alone.

Birthing Of The Fuzzman production is fantastic. I didn’t expect the album to sound as good as it actually did. The overall sound and feel of the album is super fresh and crisp. This allows Redhead Match to create a truly heavy and organic sound that you wouldn’t expect from a debut album such as this.

Overall, this is a truly superb album and one that will please the Doom/Stoner Metal masses looking for their next addictive heavy fix.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe