Sasquatch
Fever Fantasy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
June 6th, 2022 | 10 replies


Release Date: 06/03/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yeah

It’s been 5 long years since Sasquatch graced us with new music. 2017’s Maneuvers was one of their most focused affairs and while still on rotation in my playlist, a new LP was long overdue. Thankfully, news about Fever Fantasy dropped out of nowhere last month, alongside first single “It Lies Beyond the Bay”. As expected, the song oozes blazing hard rock riffs and powerful vocals. Its sound is representative of this latest record, since the band forges full steam ahead with scorchers. The production is a tad muddier this time, adding to the overall grit. Songs such as “Lilac”, “Cyclops” or “Witch” benefit most from these sonic related decisions. The guitars are raging, pushing their way between pounding drums and sturdy bass lines. “Lilac” hits hard with raucous riffage, but the melodic choruses make for a nice contrast. Meanwhile, “Cyclops” shares cool, wavy breaks amid straightforward verses and Hammond organ augmented hooks. The group usually includes at least one massive groove per album you could tear down walls with. These two are perhaps the most potent here to do the job.

Moving further, Fever Fantasy’s middle stretch diversifies things a bit. You get the slow burner “Ivy”, which features a steady, blues influenced beat. It doesn’t take long for the phaser soaked guitars to give way to a wall of distortion. After another round of keyboards assisted choruses, the inevitable epic guitar solo takes off for a grandiose finale of the tune’s heavy section. As it gently fades away with the opening chords, “Ivy” provides a nice tempo break, before we dive into hip shaking territory. “Part of Not Knowing” & “Save the Day, Ruin the Night” contain party starter melodies with added fuzz. I enjoy especially the pace switching during the second half of the former, whereas the urgent vocal delivery works really well over the latter's intense, swinging riffs. If there was one thing that needed a slight improvement here, it would be the bass’ presence during the heavy moments. At times, it could have been pushed a bit to the front, because there are some smooth details that can’t be heard unless you crank the volume. Otherwise, Fever Fantasy is another strong entry in Sasquatch’s catalog, proving they are still one of the leading hard rock/stoner acts from the US.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2022


5719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record as always from the band. If the album had a more dynamic production, it could have been even tighter.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE68SOKyIqA&list=OLAK5uy_mcn_0EfPTs0-vv88MKNLr7Xf0wO3k_17o

Digging: Tim Bowness - Butterfly Mind

RogueNine
June 7th 2022


5056 Comments


This dropped?? I didn't think we'd get it until later this month. Sweet.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2022


5719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, not much promo before the release.

BallsToTheWall
June 8th 2022


50855 Comments


Fuck yes!

garas
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2022


7296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Sounds very-very promising! On it!

garas
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2022


7296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Oh no, this wasn't that good :

Maybe I don't get it (yet), but for me it was a very "one-tric-pony" album. Especially the vocals turned samey after a while. Some more experimentalism / psych weirdness could have been nice.

Kompys2000
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2022


7279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Checking purely off that cover but nice lil review, mindpos

Kompys2000
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2022


7279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Think I like this a smidge more than that new Wo Fat album but there's not exactly a whoooole lot going on here

Azog
June 10th 2022


831 Comments


"Maybe I don't get it (yet), but for me it was a very "one-tric-pony" album. Especially the vocals turned samey after a while. Some more experimentalism / psych weirdness could have been nice."

Yeah, this is pretty much like a continuation of Maneuvers. But then again, one could do worse.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2022


5719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree it doesn't have the more diversified approach like III had for example. Nevertheless, when you want some riffs, it delivers. Maybe it was released at just the right moment for me and liked it more.



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