Review by Shannon Shumaker
Grizzly Knows No Remorse have created an explosive release with their new album, Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache. The album (which has quite possibly the best title I’ve heard recently) kicks off with a strong guitar riff, powerful vocals, and a catchy chorus in “What It Takes And How It Tastes,” and keeps that same high energy going throughout all ten songs.
If you’re a fan of Every Time I Die, you are bound to enjoy the southern metal vibe on Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache. The sound comes as a surprise, considering that Grizzly Knows No Remorse is from Russia, but it’s definitely not disappointing. Following an insane guitar solo at the end of the first song is “We Are The Party,” which is very fast paced and has a ton of energy packed into merely one minute and twenty-eight seconds. The song is fast and hits you like a punch to the face. And then, the intro of the following song, “Good Guys Cum Twice” hooks you immediately. The guitar work in the intro is insane and worth listening to more than once. In fact, the guitar work throughout the entire song (and the album as a whole) is consistently strong.
As Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache progresses, however, it becomes apparent that many songs stay on this same high energy, fast paced level. While that’s definitely not a bad thing, and it keeps your attention with each track, I found myself wishing for some variety as the album went on.
Thankfully, there definitely is some variety in some of the tracks, though. “Equalising Mourning,” for instance, hosts some gorgeous clean vocal harmonies about halfway through the song, which can’t be found in many other tracks on the album. “Waiting To Be,” however, is definitely the standout track of Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache. The song is carried heavily by clean vocals and is very mellow compared to the rest of the album. “Waiting To Be” just goes to show that, despite the high energy and unclean vocals in many of the songs on the album, Grizzly Knows No Remorse are absolutely versatile. And when the full band comes in later in “Waiting To Be,” the song just seems to get stronger and stronger.
If anything, Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache shows a lot of potential for Grizzly Knows No Remorse. This is a band who knows what they’re doing and what they want to sound like. There isn’t one song on Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache that sounds out of place, not even the slow standout track, “Waiting To Be.” The album as a whole is a very easy listen, and by the time the final track, “Wasted Prophet” comes to an explosive close, you’re bound to know just what Grizzly Knows No Remorse are all about.
Listen to "Equalising Mourning" or "Waiting To Be"