MSTRKRFT
Fist of God


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Silveri EMERITUS
March 19th, 2009 | 27 replies | 11,286 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Holy Electro!

In a way that makes my job easier, I can tell you that you’ve probably experienced the Fist Of God at least once before. And if you haven’t, you should – call it a right of passage if you will. Because see, Fist Of God is a hell of a party. And chances are you’ve been to this one. Yes it went off, yes you hooked up and no, you probably don’t remember it. The convenient excuse was the alcohol and that through the dim light of the flickering disco ball over the dance floor grease, well, you couldn’t really see anyone anyway. But that’s a lie. The problem – the real problem – with this party was that it was just like every other party you’ve been to this summer, and after a while it bled through memory to become just another one of those Saturday nights.

Not that MSTRKRFT were really aiming for anything else here of course – which is a shame. After all, considering that Jesse Keeler’s old band (Death From Above 1979) inadvertently set up the entire template for the indie-electro movement that’s dominated dance scene ever since, and that MSTRKRFT’s first album, The Looks, did nothing but further fuel the fire, there was some hope that Fist Of God would have been just as forward thinking. Not so. While The Looks never really bought into the heart of electro, its sound still retained elements of late 90s vocal house that let it breathe with a subtlety that was embraced by indie folk with a penchant for the electronic. Fist of God makes no such concessions. Breathing is for the weak here, with everything being more in your face than ever before, while the catch word of the day is heavy – ripping basslines tear through songs while melodies furiously swirl among the chaos, in perfect step with club orientated electro-pop. Its confidence abounds, and well, put it this way, when your album cover is fist full of ladies asses, you should know what you’re in for.

It’s shameless, and MSTERKRFT do it with absolutely zero remorse, summing up their entire attitude with a line from lead single “Bounce”: “All I do it party, ha ha ha, So bounce low, bounce up, bounce high – All I do is party!”. And party they do, with “Vuvuvu”, “Click Click”, and “1000 Cigarettes” capturing the essence of electro with almost reckless abandon, driving the album along with their pounding, relentless rhythm and out of focus synth lines. It’s a tad sad though that for newcomers to the band, it’d be easy to dismiss them as having simply sucked the essences out of Justice and Boys Noize and repackaged it as a new album by a new band. Hell, “Bounce” samples Daft Punk’s “Television Rules The Nation” so thoroughly you may as well be listening to Alive 2007. Still, while MSTRKFT don’t exactly bring anything new to the table, Fist Of God does hint very subtly at a change in the mainstream with tunes like “It Ain’t Love” and “Breakaway”, suggesting that house may well make its comeback into mainstream dance, albeit in electro garb.

Unfortunately though, for all it’s hard edged rockin’, Fist Of God is just waaay too single minded and stubborn to allow itself any room for difference - while the revolving door of guests makes for some nice vocal variation here and there, there’s not much any of them do to break Fist Of God out of it’s party hard attitude - you’d think that at the very least rap god Ghostface Killah would bust out a sick rhyme or two, but alas no, he’d reduced to a role of “****in ****n ****in ****in ****in” instead. (“Word Up”). Meanwhile, although soulster John Legend adds a touch of class to the piano centered and almost ballady “Heartbreaker”, the song still ends up being a rather forgettable affair. So yes, Fist of God is very much in step with all the party rage of every other club track album that’s been released in the last year or so – and that’s exactly its problem. If you’re looking for an album to dance, groove and boogie hard to till the break of day, be my guest. Any more than that, well, MSTRKFT don’t really give a damn.

2.8/5



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gasmaskman
March 20th 2009



1006 Comments


Album cover is ridiculously bad IMO.

Didn't like what I've heard so far.

marksellsuswallets
March 20th 2009



4848 Comments


That is a pretty terrible looking cover...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2009



20855 Comments


I can't comment on the music Alex, but this is a terrific review. You keep getting better & better mate. Well done.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 20th 2009



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers Davey, I wrote this up one real quick cause I'm up to my neck in work but whatever works.

And that album cover is pure mstrkrft, I wouldn't have expected anything less.

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Arucard
March 20th 2009



575 Comments


good review but i'd disagree. the looks was good, i liked the understated sound, but they've tried to jump on the wonky/fidgit house bandwagon and failed

fake blood 4 life mofo. he does it ten times better

Skyler
March 20th 2009



1084 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this album is awful

RandyfromPennywise
March 20th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think you mean "rite of passage" in the intro. Good review. Like you say, this is just standard nowadays, nothing special.

MassiveAttack
March 20th 2009



2688 Comments


epic cover.

timbo8
March 20th 2009



618 Comments


great review

HighandDriving
March 20th 2009



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album's great, seeing em live with crookers and aoki soon.

This is just a pure mainstream attempt and it follows through, it does nothing to further the genre but will most likely further their success (which they deserve).

Also you spelt Boys Noize incorrectly.
This Message Edited On 03.20.09

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Meatplow
March 20th 2009



5524 Comments


I was expecting a 1, i've seen this universally panned just about everywhere. Praise? Unthinkable.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 20th 2009



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

slightly above average is hardly praise. You wanna hear a joke, Billboard said this was one of the 'most exciting release of the year'.

HighandDriving
March 20th 2009



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't actually seen a negative review of this album yet.

Pitchfork, who love to hoop on the bashing train, gave them a 6/10.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/12835-fist-of-god/

Also if you're a fan of Bounce, check out A-Trak's remix.
http://www.myspace.com/djatrak
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Skyler
March 20th 2009



1084 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

half of the songs sound exactly the same. ugh.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 20th 2009



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

High: you wanna hear some stuff thats actually pushing this sound to its proper end?

http://www.myspace.com/thebloodybeetroots





Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
March 21st 2009



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked their release The Looks, but really couldn't bring myself to enjoy this.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 21st 2009



7928 Comments


Everyone tells me they're better as a live 'band', but they're just so unlikeable that I can never see myself hearing them live.This Message Edited On 03.21.09

HighandDriving
March 23rd 2009



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not surprised as you don't like Death From Above who were labeled similarly.

Streetlight: Ya I've listen to em before and I'll be seeing them live with MSTRKRFT actually, good shit but they push it a little too far if that makes any sense.

Take a listen to Deadmau5, it's like progressive house music that's just a lil too long for it's own good.

www.myspace.com/deadmau5

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 23rd 2009



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

< 3 Deadmau5

HighandDriving
March 23rd 2009



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Then I guess we both failed on the recs



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