Grizzly Knows No Remorse – Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache
Have you ever listened to an American-sounding band that you later discovered – and would have never guessed otherwise – that the band was from another country? It has happened to me a few times before and now once again with Moscow’s Grizzly Knows No Remorse and their latest release, Fat Glasses and the Leather Mustache.
Grizzly Knows No Remorse deliver ten new tracks that you could easily have convinced me were new Every Time I Die singles. While there are definitely other influences present here, most notably from bands like Norma Jean and Motörhead, there is no denying that this heavily influenced by Every Time I Die – and it shows in a good way. The guitar riffs are very rock and roll with some heavy bluesy breakdowns added in for good measure. Some of their solos are pretty 80’s metal at time, but that influence is highlighted better in another aspect of the band: the drums. The drumming may be the one of the most distinguishing features of the album. Simply put, they sound big as hell! The drum recording feels like something an arena rock band would go for in terms of sound and it works out very well for them.
While these highlights make things a little more diverse and interesting, the key Every Time I Die influence is undeniably right in front of you. Even the way vocalist Andrew Lockjaw throws his voice is incredibly reminiscent of Keith Buckley’s style without any trace of an accent. I actually found myself looking up some interview footage of Grizzly Knows No Remorse to make sure they were actually from Russia, because their English vocals are arguably better than my ability to speak my own language.
One thing that is a little different and interesting is the track “Waiting to Be”. Unlike the aggressive energy of the rest of the album, this one is a slower bluesy jam that gives a taste of what these guys are capable of. It sounds different from the rest of the album, yet fits in perfectly. I would really like to see them explore that realm further. I feel like there is something there to really help develop a distinguishable sound to call their own.
All around, Fat Glasses and the Leather Mustache is a pretty great album. The recording quality is fantastic and the energy matches that. This is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys Every Time I die, Norma Jean, Vanna, Gallows, or even the Bronx. I will definitely be catching these guys if they ever end up in my neck of the woods.