Second album for Santa Cruz's Automatic Animal (or fourth if I include their two releases as Herbert, the core is the same in these bands). Well I'll inevitably compare "Modern Alchemy" with other bands (you'll see what I mean) but somehow it still has its own vibes. While I'm listening to it, I find myself wondering if this is a Monster Magnet's lost album or this is how MM's latest work should be. Mat Fitzsimmons' vocals are so damn close to Dave Wyndorf's, as well as some riff parts to MM ones. You can spot resemblance to Wino's voice too as in "Blackrose Of Cairo"(which is an outstanding tune). Don't get me wrong, these guys aren't copycats. They filter all these through their own personality. I have to add that the album's production was taken care by mr. Scott Reeder (who also does percussion on "Can You Sleep", talkbox bass on "Germination" and additional vocals on "City In Ashes") and it's recorded, mixed etc. in his studio. The whole album is top-notch. The compositions, the playing, the vocals, the riffs.... You're not going to get bored a single moment!
*Credits To yeoldstinkeye
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