(9/10) "This Is A Man's World" was what James Brown was singing decades ago and it was the first thing that came up in my mind when I read the title of the new Mustasch album. "Testosterone" is the name of eighth album of the Gothenburg-based band and it comes with ten songs.
After the positive feedback on the latest release "Thank You For The Demon" the expectations have been very high and Mustasch live up to those. In order to achieve this Mustasch decided to do a few things slightly different. It was the entire band that was included in the singwriting. Guitarist David (Johannesson) and producer Richard Löfgren took the lead when it comes to writing new songs. Another change is the fact that frontman Ralf Gyllenhammer focussed on the vocals only which includes writing the lyrics.
This new apporach did something to the sound of the new album that comes very varied and fresh; by still being Mustasch with 100%. Even though the start with "Yara's Song" is quite held back the longplayer includes heavyweights like "Breaking With Disaster" and the fast "Down To Earth". Also the title track is a pure testosterone piece of music that booms like hell.
However, one of the most excellent tracks on the album is the moving "The Rider". It's a dark and slow acoustic number full of emotion. It's a song that gives you the shivers. "Dreamer" takes the same road but has a more melancholic vibe.
Another track that stands out is "The Hunter"; a tune you have to get used to. It's not one of those 'fast food' tracks. This number takes time to envolve the full joy.
To sum up: Mustasch has already a bunch of great albums they can look back to and with "Testosterone" the Swedish guys add another masterpiece to this discography. Thumbs up for a damn cool rocking metal album.
- Yara's Song
- Breaking Up With Disaster
- The Rider
- Down To Earth
- The Hunter
- Be Like A Man
- Under The Radar
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release date EU: September 18th, 2015