NEVERMEN NEVERMEN HOLY GRAIL TIMES OF PRIDE AND PERIL

(LEX/IPECAC)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

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.

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