GoatHawkBuffalo
(Release the Beast)
2017
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre:
Sludge rock
Sounds Like:
The Midnight Ghost Train, Wo Fat
While we find humor in the common blending of two animals in a band name, the tactic of using three had us intrigued enough to give this one a gander. What we discovered was a pretty damn impressive tight four tracks. If you could bottle up Neil Fallon’s vocals off Clutch’s first albumTransnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths and perhaps infuse some of Steve Moss’s from Midnight Ghost Train bellowing you may hear some of Johan’s charismatic vocals. The five piece band hailing from Copenhagen Denmark have unleashed their first EP entitled Release the Beast.

Tracks:
1. Love Song Lullaby (3:59)
2. Dirty Filthy Names (3:32)
3. Mirror Queens (3:21)
4. Wanted Man (4:56)

What is the standout track on the EP?
"Dirty Filthy Names" (aptly titled) is loaded with grit and some tremendous cowbell. The track has a 90s slapstick grunge feel that really energizes the EP. Johan’s annunciation of “fuck” is so goddam catchy after each listen it will be embedded in your subconscious and force you to keep this one in heavy rotation. Love the abrupt ending as well.

How is the production?
Exceptional clarity on this one. A solid headphone experience which is exactly what you want from such a gritty and punchy album.

What adult beverage would go well with Release the Beast?

No questions, we would recommend Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. Over 10% ABV, this imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries.Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.

What are our final thoughts for Release the Beast?
For an EP, we are giving this one a pretty high rating. The five-piece have some clear synergy and show their ability to take it down a little off the dirty intensity of the first three tracks via "Wanted Man". The guitar rhythms and grinding intensity deliver some significant highs intriguing enough for us to want to see a full-length sludge rock release. We will keep a close pulse on these folks. In the meantime throw a few bucks their way as this is a ‘name your price’ album on BandCamp. - 5/9/2017

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