What do you get if you merge psychobilly, hard rock, and hungry metal into one bruising riot? Whatever it is called Danish band Grumpynators is probably the best at it, certainly on the evidence of their latest EP 666 Rpm. Rife with rousing and aggressive rock ‘n’ roll or what they call Danish Motorbilly, the five track release is a thrilling muscular storm which unleashes all the primal pleasures inside with hungry energy and rapacious devilment.
Formed in Copenhagen in the January of 2011 by ex-members and crew of Taggy Tones and Volbeat, Grumpynators made their live debut at the Danish underground festival Barnyard Rumble in the August of the same year going on to build a big reputation for their performances which has also seen them tour with Magtens Korridorer in 2012 and Volbeat earlier this year. Musically the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Emil Øelund, guitarist Christian Nørgaard, double bassist Jakob Øelund, and drummer Per Fisker create a presence and confrontation which is like being accosted by the joint animosity of Motorhead and Nekromantix wrapped in the shadowed intent of Johnny Cash, Resurex, Social Distortion, and Volbeat. Equally the band has a distinct flavour which sets them apart from the rest, first shown with their first demo EP late 2011 and evolved into real brute force with 666 Rpm. The new EP is an instigator for limbs and instinctive passions to raise a storm and enjoy rock ‘n ‘roll at its riveting best.
As soon as the rampaging hypnotic beats of Fisker open up first track No Monsters In My Bed, an instantaneous connection seeded in a personal love of psychobilly erupts, the spine of the impending song spawned from the same passion. The choppy riffs and potent bass slaps confirm the stance and poised around the Lemmy like growls of Oelund makes for a formidable and infectious lure to which defences crumble immediately. Stomping across the senses like a gang of lustful rockabillies on a Saturday night cruise, the track punches and prods the ear potently with rhythmic provocation and guitar lashes which coursing with sonic flames which leaves the passions alight. Virulent in its addictiveness and merciless in its ability to have limbs and voice joining in its charge, the song is incendiary glory which steals top honours on the release straight away though it is seriously challenged as the other songs state their declarations.
The following Paranormal Heads equally has sinews and aggressive breath unleashed from its opening seconds before sculpting an epidemic of infectiousness which is impossible to resist. Its presence has a more heavy metal/rock intention and body which merges essences of The Meteors into the more dominant demands of again Motorhead and the likes of Anthrax and The Wildhearts. Once again it is a track which recruits the listener into its dirty honest sounds with ease and leaves lungs and senses gasping for breath once it takes its leave.
1985 has a swagger and blues lilt to its slower crawling gait aligned to a southern psychobilly call which swings and lures the senses and body into a teasing hard rock waltz. As it progresses the song expands and opens up sonic flumes of enterprise and melodic rock flames which sizzle on the flesh before that confident croon of the track returns to command further physical union from its recipients.
The release is completed by the stalking Miss You and then Grumpynator. The first song again brings essences of cowpunk and rockabilly into a feisty metallic boil of sound and invention which erupts to singe the senses and feed the now fully evolved hunger for the release. With a Volbeat meets Mad Sin and Tiger Army with strong whispers of Metallica and Flogging Molly to its seduction, the song brings ardour into another pinnacle of lustful submission whilst the final song is unrelenting heavy metal/hard rock you can only compare to Motorhead in sound and quality.
It all makes for an exciting and impossibly satisfying release which marks Grumpynators as a band set to ignite and push rock music on with striking power and efficiency in the near future. Volbeat now has a real rival as Denmark’s best metal/rock band, though to be honest every rock ‘n’ roll band in the world had better watch out as Grumpynators is coming to challenge their status and they do not accept no as a response.
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