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Review: Grizzly Knows No Remorse – Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache

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So who the hell are Grizzly Knows No Remorse, and what kind of name is that? Frankly, it doesn’t matter if they wanted to call themselves the Bashfully Brazen Henchmen of Atlantis, because their album Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache kicks ass. The high-energy quartet from Moscow, Russia fit everything we  love about punk, rock, hardcore and even a bit of metalcore, into a single album.

When listening to Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache, I initially thought of it as a cross between Beartooth, Norma Jean, and Protest The Hero.  What sets GKNR apart from the three aforementioned bands is the level of sheer energy and groove coursing through their performance and music.  From the album’s first Norma Jean-like guitar riff, to the final song’s instrumental fade out, GKNR’s fifth album packs a hearty punch that’s sure to get you moving.

As stated before, Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache consists of a lot of punk rock styled verses with a healthy does of light metalcore.  There’s enough Norma Jean-styled randomness in the music to keep you on your toes, but not enough to be off putting to the average listener. Throw in a few Lamb Of God-like riffs and you’ve got a recipe for epicness.  Victor Kucher (guitar), Eugene Taranovsky (bass) and Alex Karpuhin (drums) go to town on creating the perfect platform for Andrew Lockjaw’s vocals.  For the most part, Lockjaw’s singing reminded me of Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters.  There’s a fine line between clean singing and yelling, and like Grohl, Lockjaw is no stranger to mixing and masterfully blending the two, and on the more aggressive tracks (“Refuse, Despise” for example) it’s not uncommon to hear a few screams as well. When Lockjaw switches between clean singing and screaming, he sounds comparable to Rody Walker (of Protest The Hero).

Track number six, “Waiting To Be” is one of the few standout songs.  A bluesy, soulful guitar starts off the song followed quickly by a second rhythm guitar and then by an emotional Lockjaw.  As the track comes together with drums and bass, a solid groove develops that takes hold and strings the listener through a foot-tapping few verses, and right into one of the most powerful build ups I’ve ever heard.  As the chorus finally breaks I found myself covered in goosebumps.  I absolutely lost it when the solo came in.

Overall, Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache is a fantastic album I’d easily recommend to anyone.  Grizzly Knows No Remorse has created a high-energy punk rock album on par with the Foo Fighters and many other big-name acts. With such versatility, Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache will appeal to many different types of music lovers, and that is what’s so great about it.  Grizzly Knows No Remorse has managed to successfully incorporate several different styles and genres into a single album, and they kick so much ass while doing so.

9/10

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  • rimba on

    I fuckin live these guys, you gotta check out their other albums


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