Supafuzz
All About The Rock


5.0
classic

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
July 26th, 2011 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Supafuzz raise above the heavy rock formula crafting a classic album that overflows with fuzz, distortion and top-notch songwriting. It's ferocious, deeply personal and poignant too.

Named after the 1970s guitar pedal, Supafuzz is one of these bands that should have been huge. Their debut album, released in 1998, displayed a sufficiently ferocious and addictive hard rock attitude to make the act overshadow some of the most popular artists of that time. What happened then? Aside from perhaps not enough publicity generated by their record label, the nu-metal crazed late 1990s weren't particularly the time for riff rock with retro-funk leanings. Despite this album's rather moderate commercial success, Supafuzz managed to record their sophomore album that stands as the undiscovered gem of heavy rock.

“All About The Rock” doesn't entirely resemble the band's great debut. A rather straightforward hard rock approach has been replaced with diversity. The band doesn't adhere to one style combining a plethora of influences. In this way, rough funk-metal cuts (“Subsonic”) are interwoven with fuzzed-out stoner rock anthems (“Tonic And Cigarettes”) and atmospheric power ballads (“Confession”). This variety obviously makes the album less cohesive with many tone and pace alternations, yet it doesn't really affect the experience of listening to the disc just because the songwriting is immensely powerful and compelling. As regards similarities to the debut, the songs still revolve around ingeniously crafted, groovy guitar riffs that along with a funk-laden vocal performance of formidable Dave Angstrom and always reliable rhythm section result in a seriously rocking sound.

Supafuzz are not only about rocking hard though. Their approach to songwriting involves artistry in showcasing the contrast between the loud and the quiet segments. This is probably the most evident in amazing “And Then She Blooms” which blends psychedelic, funky verses with a perfect alternative rock chorus and an acoustic intro and bridge. Every single track works perfectly significantly raising the bar for heavy rock in terms of dynamics and song craft alike. Furthermore, nearly every composition just boils with anger: it might be either overt as in aggressive verses of “Sick Of It” or expressed through resistance as in agony-ridden “Bottomed Out.” On those cuts and several others, the album even echoes the grunge movement depicting the same yearning for distortion and melody.

There is also a recurring theme of break-up and loss involved in Angstrom's lyrics. Other than plain, straightforward lyrics would feel out of place on this album. In fact, Angstrom delivers something that is much more precious than any elaborated, metaphorical content. He simply chooses to be sincere, which, coupled with his emotive vocals, translates into one of the most achingly personal delivery in rock music. This is why “Anesthesia” is almost unbearably intense and why “Bottomed Out” is so hopelessly indifferent in the most self-reflecting way possible. The lyrics actually advance telling the story of a failed relationship. Being highly relatable, they aren't all about anger and frustration. Such songs as “Blame” and “We're Alright” positioned in the latter half of the disc signal a hint of reconciliation, even if it's only seeming and ironic.

More than anything else “All About The Rock” feels like a blueprint for all the stoner rock bands to follow. It's in one of the standout tracks of the album where Angstrom proclaims he's a king of karma. It's really hard to argue that. His band is truly an essential listen for those even remotely interested in the heavy rock music. This album so totally rocks!



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greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yay. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I literally can't stop listening to it.

BigHans
July 26th 2011


26454 Comments


obviously I need to hear this, but I couldnt find it anywhere.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Obviously you do need to hear this. Total ownage! These guys are incredible.

BigHans
July 26th 2011


26454 Comments


where can I find it?

pizzamachine
July 26th 2011


12572 Comments


This should be right up my alley. : ) Good review!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks a bunch.

I Am The King:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD0mrABV3e8





Jethro42
July 26th 2011


12638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band rawks. Solid review, sir. Their first effort was really enjoyable, my only gripe is that some of their riffs sounded a tad familiar to me.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks. How do you find their first album Jethro?

omnipanzer
July 26th 2011


21660 Comments


Supafuzz is a band I should have gotten into but never did. your review has pushed them to the top of my short list. Have a POS sir, great review!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks. It's one of these bands that got unreasonably overlooked. I have no idea why Clutch are so popular now, but Supafuzz aren't.

Jethro42
July 26th 2011


12638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^I just edited my last comment, Greg. Album is a grower, well balanced with great diversity. Superstar (despite its borrowed riff), Long Way Home, Mr. Policeman, Unglued and more I'm sure, are all really enjoyable.

omnipanzer
July 26th 2011


21660 Comments


"Similar Bands: Asylum On The Hill, Clutch, Michael Jackson"

LOL

"I have no idea why Clutch are so popular now, but Supafuzz aren't."
Larger following back in the day and a much larger discog? I followed Clutch more closely back in the day because Helmet took a shit (I was betting on the wrong horse).

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And Push, and Downed, and Breathe... I could go on and on. Yeah. Their riffs are generally familiar because they're 1970s influenced.

BigHans
July 26th 2011


26454 Comments


That and Clutch is like the best band ever

omnipanzer
July 26th 2011


21660 Comments


I like Meantime and Strap It On more than any Clutch album but I celebrate Clutch's entire Discog sooo.

Jethro42
July 26th 2011


12638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm listening to Downed as we speak. I really am enjoying it.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ omni: You're right about Clutch. I obviously love them too. As for Michael Jackson, I didn't include it in the review, but Dave sounds like a much angrier version of him on certain cuts here because his vox are very soul/funk inspired. Haha.

omnipanzer
July 26th 2011


21660 Comments


listening to self titled now.

BigHans
July 26th 2011


26454 Comments


Ill say it again if you guys ever get the chance to see Clutch live do whatever it takes to make it.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ah yeah. Meantime rules hard. As does the song Downed by Supafuzz. There are at least two similar mellow tracks on this album.



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