Mother's Cake
Creation's Finest


4.5
superb

Review

by apokolypz USER (15 Reviews)
September 13th, 2013 | 20 replies | 1,287 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Groove is with You

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Searching for a good and new funk rock band isn't exactly the easiest thing to do today. At least a hard hitting one at that. Mother's Cake is here for your wants and needs. Hailing from Austria and having won in the Local Heroes Austria Contest back in 2010 and coming in second in the European finals in Hungary. After leaving all those contests with just an EP, I'm sure audiences were killing for a full length album. You have been a good boy. You have been eating all your vegetables, getting a good amount of protein with every meal, watching your calorie intake, and now it is time to spoil yourself with the dessert.

You can hear quite a large intake of influence just from hearing the first track, the title track of Creation's Finest. You have Red Hot Chili Peppers like bass lines, reminiscent The Mars Volta structures, and a sky high and meaningful vocal delivery, in which you can hear just a tad of a Robert Plant vibe on certain songs. They definitely have a good taste in influence.

Songs like "The Road", "Runaway", and "I Like it" showcase the more, 'in your face', and hard rock feels. "Runaway", which I feel to be the album's key track, has a blazing intro of fast guitar picking and in comes a fast bass smacking line to help prepare the verses and giving the guitar some time to slow down. Vocalist and guitarist, Yves Krismer, delivers a yelling like, yet sweet performance on the verses, in which he can quickly calm down and change moods into a soft and subtle voice. Later in the track, after a variety of structure switch ups, the track starts to get smoother and mellow, while lurking in the back is an incoming funky guitar solo that finally leads to a frantic and chaotic ending with the sounds of keyboard being quickly tapped. It is quite the majestic track on the album, giving every side of Mother's Cake arsenal into the song.

Other songs such as, "Night and Day" and "Soul Prison (Part 1)" offer a more relaxing vibe. On both of these songs, lyrically, they are full of inspiration and contrast appropriately. "Night and Day" with a feeling of 'there is hope at the end of the tunnel' and "Soul Prison's" darker sound, yet with more of an 'uprising' lyrical motive.

Two short interludes are present in the very middle of the album and although short, they are talented instrumentals. The first interlude, "A Path Down Under" just taking a look at the title and reading 'Down Under' is exactly what it feels like, a, how should I say this...a very funky Australian groove. Also while "Pan's Requiem" is beautiful in its short own right, it feels out of place on an album such as this. Not sure if it gave a sense of fresh air or diversity, or if it was just thrown in there to be in there.

If there's one thing I believe Mother's Cake is extraordinary about, is that there longer and epic songs are more ear catching than their short, fast, and to the point songs. One gripe however, is that on very long tracks, you would think with fast changing structures in the song would keep the song and groove interesting. Often the repetition may get a little dull, and I feel that if these songs had a slightly bigger hook, they could keep your attention more for such greatly venturing songs.

Their vocalist though, he has something in him. An evil spirit perhaps? Who knows, but whatever is in him I hope never goes away. A lot of funk rock bands have the tendency to do something like "speed talk" or don't like to hold high notes and really sing, now that may sound a little over exaggerated, and probably is, but Yves Krismer doesn't hold back, his strength and reach in his voice is amazing. You may be looking at a very famous frontman in the near future. Not only this, but with good lyrics (not too deep, but not shallow) does Yves present. Very slightly his high pitch takes can become annoying, and he doesn't show very many other pitches, but what he is doing on the album is great. Drummer Jan Hau├čels and bassist Benedikt Trenkwalder both play their part very well. While the drumming is nothing out of the ordinary, he is a solid drummer, there is nothing really to complain about him, although a lack of interesting drum fills could be a desire in some minds. Thick and recognizable bass lines do exactly what you want them to, and they sound great, and they could have shown up on some of the more chaotic parts of songs to still refrain from getting on the track too far.


Though a few nitpicks that keep the album from being a classic in the funk rock genre, Creation's Finest is a fantastic debut album that anyone who likes progressive and funk rock should seek interest in listening. Just like your mom's cake, Creation's Finest is delicious and will leave you full and on a sugar high.



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apokolypz
September 12th 2013



250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks to Mad. for telling me about these guys. Also this is my first review in like more than half a year, so tell me if I'm lacking please.

Calc
September 12th 2013



12037 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album ya

Digging: Kashiwa Daisuke - April. #02

Mad.
September 13th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love you for this review, man. I was gonna do it but yours is damn good and the correct rating I don't have to!

is that there longer and epic songs are more ear catching than their short, fast, and to the point songs.

That first 'there' should be a 'their' but I completely agree with this statement. Runaway is mesmerising.

Digging: Dwellers - Pagan Fruit

apokolypz
September 13th 2013



250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for catching that Mad.

Mad.
September 13th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Calc, what's up with that abominably low rating?

I hate how no-one ever looks at reviews of albums they don't know on this site, so many people are missing out...

Mad.
September 13th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Just noticed this bit: the drumming is nothing out of the ordinary.

You are sorely mistaken my friend.

The fills at the beginning of Runaway are mindblowing and some of the time signatures he uses are orgasmic. Seriously, he's an exceptional drummer, equally up there with the ridiculously skilled bassist and guitarist.
One of my favourite moments of the whole album is in the title track, just after the lyrics begin, when his rhythm suddenly completely slows down to about half pace, now that is spine tingling.

RicheyEdwards
October 8th 2013



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I can't believe this album has got a review, i'm glad that a lot of people will listen to them


Mad.
October 9th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm glad too, might even review it myself.

Thanks to you for introducing it to me!

RicheyEdwards
October 27th 2013



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

not a problem mate, we should all thank the piratebay for it


Mad.
October 27th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Lol, I bought mine on digipak CD, awesome packaging and artwork

RicheyEdwards
October 27th 2013



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

What i meant is that i found it on the piratebay's home page so once again thank you piratebay

Mad.
October 27th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I know what you mean, i was just saying it was so good I bought a CD ; )

Can't wait for anything new, let's hope they don't experience Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Simsalabim462
October 29th 2013



159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The production on this is amazing! The bass impact reminds me of Relationship Of Command...but more funky and less Cedric.

karmapolice21
November 18th 2013



14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can tolerate the song soul prison (prt1), but I personally don't like the vocalist :'(

Mad.
November 18th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Omg no man you can't give this a 2.0! That's just not right... you can surely at least appreciate the insanely good guitar, bass and drums? Or the instrumental section of Runaway?!

You need to give this some more listens, it will grow on you. The lowest anyone should feasibly give this is a 3.0, and even that is crazily low.

swordsforhands
December 6th 2013



395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is ridiculously awesome.

Digging: Secret Band - S/T

Mad.
December 6th 2013



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album Rating: 3.5

Wrong

Mad.
March 29th 2014



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is so horribly underrated, needs 100 votes

swordsforhands
March 29th 2014



395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album Rating: 3.5
Wrong

Yeah, upping.

Mad.
March 29th 2014



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yes mah man, now you see the way

Runaway is so hhhhnnnng



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