NEVERMEN NEVERMEN HOLY GRAIL TIMES OF PRIDE AND PERIL
OH LOOK, MIKE PATTON AND FRIENDS UNLEASH SOME LEFT-FIELD MAGIC
■ IT’S HARD to think of many ‘serious artists’ who once took a shit in a hair-dryer or drank piss out of a shoe, but Faith No More frontman Mike Patton certainly fits that description. Nevermen is his latest side-project/supergroup/non-faith No More walk on the wild side, a collaboration with motormouth underground rapper Adam ‘Doseone’ Drucker and Tunde Adebimpe, vocalist of New York art-rockers TV On The Radio. As you’d probably expect from an album that was recorded in its members’ spare time over several years, it feels piecedtogether, but not in a bad way. It’s a 10-track, 40-minute audio collage, with skittering beats doing battle with swollen, uplifting melodies as Mike, Doseone and Tunde each weave their way through the mix.there are no sing-along choruses, no hooks and only a few buzzsaw guitar lines, so Faith No More purists may not be interested. But, like Patton’s day job, Nevermen succeed in making the world a much weirder and more interesting place. DOWNLOAD: Tough Towns, Mr. Mistake. FOR FANS OF: Faith No More, Puscifer, At The Drive-in.
LA METAL DEVOTEES SADLY FALL SHORT ON THE ‘BITE TO MATCH BARK’ FRONT
■ THERE IS no questioning Holy Grail’s dedication to the metal cause.you want to imagine them on horseback wearing steel gauntlets, you really do. Night of beers and Judas Priest vinyl? They’re your men. Unfortunately, their own turn, while admirably titanium-hearted, just lacks something that turns their dedication into greatness. If they just belted it a bit more, this would be a banging heavy metal party.what we actually get is a wetter version of the classic sounds of Maiden, Angel Witch and Scorpions, bands who fused melody and power to extraordinary effect. It’s a shame, because Holy Grail have plenty of pride in their metal, they just need to smash it out a bit more next time. DOWNLOAD: Sudden Death. FOR FANS OF: Dio, Blind Guardian.