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Friday, January 06, 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Mother's Cake keep psychedlia and prog to the fore on No Rhyme, No Reason

THE rather strangely named Mother’s Cake an Austrian trio formed in 2008, and here in Northern Ireland we got a glimpse of them in 2016.

They release their third studio album, “No Rhyme No Reason on 27th January on record label Membran.

The trio of Yves Krismer (vocals,guitar), Benedikt Trenkwalder (bass) and Jan Haussels (drums) have been described as a mixtu re of Psychedelic, Progressive, Indie and blues rock and hve been likened to bands such as Mars Volta, Jane’s Addiction and Led Zeppelin.

That last comparison may just be a step far but they have played in Belfast  (review here) and across the UK in support of Pentagram.

At the time of writing the bands first single “The Killer” is available to view on YouTube (see below) and is a medium to fast paced hard rock song with a fairly dark lyrical theme.

This theme continues throughout most of the album but “The Killer” is about as hard rock as it gets.

The majority of the album concentrates heavily on the Psychedelic, Prog. Rock Indie influence with lots of changes in style and tempo throughout. The also make pretty good use of layered vocals.

Songs such as album opener “No Rhyme or Reason”, “The Killer” and “ The Sun” would be more in the Blues/Hard Rock/Indie style in structure while songs such as “H8”, ”The Enemy” and “Streetja Man” are most definitely Psychedelic and Progressive in nature, in particular “Streetja Man” which weighs in at a touch under 10 minutes the last 6 or so being instrumental and sounding a bit like something early Pink Floyd may have come up with until about the 7.30 mark where there is bit of a jazz funk section before finishing in Psychedelic mode again.

The rest of the album varies in style with songs such as “Now or Never” having a bit of a stoner vibe and “Big Girls” having a bit groove to it whilst keeping the Prog nature and sound intact.

This would be an album that fans of this style of music should quite enjoy and it is very well produced.

Review by Andy Gillen

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