F.K.Ü. - _Where Moshers Dwell_
(Metal on Metal Records, 2009)
by: Mark Dolson (9 out of 10)
"Dear moshaholics, friends of all things horror and metal: welcome to your nightmare, welcome to where moshers dwell"... And so the intro to _Where Moshers Dwell_ starts in a rather King Diamond-esque fashion (cf. the intro to _Them_), complete with the terrible-sounding piano, and cheesy synths. For those who don't know, F.K.Ü. ("Freddy Krueger's Underwear") play an amazing brand of humour / horror-soaked retro-thrash. Before rolling your eyes, and moving onto another review, let me just tell you that this is retro-thrash the way it was meant to be played. Being a fan of thrash since the late '80s, I can attest that F.K.Ü have a very authentic-sounding approach. Drawing inspiration from the old American heroes of the '80s, like Exodus, D.R.I. (a band that are technically "cross-over" and not straight ahead thrash, but oh well), Forbidden, Gothic Slam, Sacred Reich, etc., F.K.Ü. do not fail to deliver some catchy, punchy, and pretty infectious riffs -- after all, isn't this what thrash is all about?

As you can probably deduce from the cover, F.K.Ü. have drawn inspiration from Freddy Krueger -- hence the knife-glove, and the black and red striped sweaters. Although not a concept album, there are Krueger references thrown in here and there throughout the album. A quick gloss of the song titles reveals that this band is about having fun, and not taking themselves too seriously (somewhat reminiscent of Municipal Waste). We've got tracks like "Twitch of the Thrash Nerve", "The Pit and the Poser", "Bedilla - Back for Cake", and "Horror Metal Moshing Machine", just to name a few. Although some may pass this off as a lame, all I can say is that some thrash was meant to be serious (e.g. Kreator, Destruction or Sodom), and some wasn't meant to be taken so seriously (e.g. M.O.D., Gothic Slam and Evil Dead).

What I particularly love about this album is Laurence Mackeroy's (formerly of Darkane) vocals. He really reminds me of Steve Souza from Exodus (particularly on _Fabulous Disaster_). The only difference, though, is that Mr. Mackeroy can really hit some amazingly high notes, sounding not unlike the lord of the falsetto himself, Kim Bendix Peterson (a.k.a King Diamond). Just listen to tracks like "Where Moshers Dwell", or "Faster Than the Shark", and you'll see what I mean. Speaking of vocals, we're treated to a couple of well known guest appearances: we've got death metal veteran Jorgen Sandstrom, who gives us a taste of his trademark vocals on the song "Bedilia - Back for Cake" -- he belts out a few "I... want... my cake" lines, which sound pretty funny, actually. We've also got Robert Englund (who played Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series) who actually does the narration for the intro -- I'm not sure how they managed to get him to do this, but it's great.

If you're into '80s American thrash (or retro-thrash done well for that matter), then I would definitely give _Where Mosher's Dwell_ a chance. The production is solid, the riffs are excellent, and, if you're got a sense of humour, it'll make you laugh. My only criticism -- and it's a pretty minor one at that -- is that the songs are a little too short (there are a total of 17 songs, totally just over 39 minutes). Anyway, for those interested, make sure to check out the video for "The Pit and the Poser". You'll quickly notice some obvious references: the D.R.I. influenced double-bass drum covers, and an overall feel to the song that is vaguely redolent of Exodus' "The Toxic Waltz".

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(article published 14/2/2010)

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