Truckfighters
Gravity X


3.5
great

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
June 13th, 2009 | 27 replies | 10,771 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The fuzz may drown you before you finish.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Unfortunately any comparable band to Kyuss is difficult to find to say the least. Their spacious atmospheres and heavenly addictive instrumental meshing throughout all their albums cannot be measured. There have been only a few bands that have grabbed my attention in the stoner rock scene, more recently, one of them being Truckfighters.
Truckfighters have a distinct difference between Kyuss. Although Kyuss would usher in what would be the staple for their genre, Truckfighters go towards an opposite direction. Their sound is comparable to Atomic Bitchwax, Firestone, or Dozer. Instead of spacious environments with melodic guitar they prefer huge amounts of fuzz with crowded instrumentals. Despite their lack of production throughout this band (something that has always marred stoner rock bands) their true qualities seep through this entire record. “Desert Cruiser” is only a taste of what’s to come. For one, their vocals aren’t in the mainline by any stretch of the mind as it’s almost entirely drowned out by the fuzz brought by the guitar. Even if most of the vocals are drowned out Oskar Cedermalm still adds another dimension to this sound. The guitar is by far the highlight as Niklas Källgren shows his skills, but despite this Oskar’s bass does make appearances throughout the album that is noteworthy since it holds some these songs intact.

What may be troublesome for some is obviously the lack of freedom in these songs. Although there are distinct areas in some songs that allow the listener to relax a few moments, for the most part Truckfighters keep the fuzz rolling. You may be overwhelmed with the amount of fuzz-happiness they exhibit, but don’t be frightened because under that thick veil of constant bombardment there are brief moments of mellow enlightenment by the band as shown in “Gargarismo”. The best question I can give you to decide if you would enjoy this band is this: Did you enjoy Kyuss’ instrumentals?

Despite most of the album being overbearing for the most part it doesn’t become a problem until the later tracks as we all get our fill of the fuzz by then. ’Gravity X’ has something for everyone that is looking for another stoner rock band to worship. If you’re looking for instrumentals with heaviness then you’d be interested in “Desert Cruiser”, “Momentum”, “Deal”, well to be honest most of the album holds this criteria. Where in lie the vocals is somewhat of a hit-n-miss affair; “Freewheelin’” is a failure because of the lack of continuity with Cedermalm and the rest of the band. To appreciate Cedermalm vocal talents you would look towards “Superfunk” and “Gweedo-Weedo”. Hell, you’ll even hear some saxophone to accompany his vocals in “Subfloor”. What is more promising for Truckfighters is this is only their debut, already exhibiting some strengths in these areas: Guitar work is on point (despite being overbearing), Cedermalm’s vocal contributions need to be worked on, but when he nails it, it more or less sounds like a Kyuss-esque rendition, and lastly the drummer is sufficient enough to keep the pace.



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MassiveAttack
June 14th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I realize I didn't discuss their sound in great detail, but to be quite honest it is quite the same for most of the record. Phi is a improvement because it adds vocals, which I thought was lacking on their debut. Anyway this is a great stoner rock band I'd recommend their second record Phi.

FistfulOfSteel
June 14th 2009



894 Comments


thanks for reviewing this, meaning to check these guys out. prob start out with Phi then i guess.

Douglas
June 14th 2009



9049 Comments


Review reads really well, never checked these guys out, so otherwise cannot comment.

Zip
June 14th 2009



5312 Comments


I'd say Phi is better than this. Its soooo relaxing.

MassiveAttack
June 14th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No probs. And yes their second album is much smoother in comparison to this one. It's still a great debut though.

Zip
June 14th 2009



5312 Comments


Btw, I found truckfighters album pretty easily. I actually bought it but there are plenty of places for a download.

MassiveAttack
June 14th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea they're pretty popular in their home country.

Zip
June 14th 2009



5312 Comments


Were you able to get your hands on Mania?


MassiveAttack
June 14th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah man, not the type of quality I want. There is a scene release, but not the type I want, so the quality isn't as good. I made a request, so I'll eventually get the quality I want.

MassiveAttack
June 14th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just did a review while drunk and I think it's one of my best. (I'm not referring to this one, but Tycho's - Past Is Prologue

thebhoy
Emeritus
June 14th 2009



4459 Comments


This isn't one of your better reviews I must say

Some of the sentences seemed to... just be there, I guess is what I'm trying to say.

I also don't like stoner rock so I think I'll give this a pass.

MassiveAttack
June 14th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmmm... I can see why. I don't really give any great comparisons or detailed descriptions.

thebhoy
Emeritus
June 15th 2009



4459 Comments


yeah, it kinda feels like... "this is this. Then there is this. And then there is this other thing." Y'know?

MassiveAttack
June 15th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey bhoy thanks for the criticisms on the last few reviews, really appreciating it.

scissorlocked
April 11th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna check these guys out, listened to some random tracks and were pretty good

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MeatSalad
July 7th 2012



14103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is fucking awesome

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ProfessorVeerappan
July 7th 2012



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

psychedelic elements are always respected

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Ovrot
July 7th 2012



10457 Comments


if you guys like this check out
Skraeckoedlan - Appeltradet

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MeatSalad
July 7th 2012



14103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will do.

ProfessorVeerappan
July 9th 2012



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mad dig Skraeckoedlan



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