MOS GENERATOR (Nomads) LP/CD

You know how it is with a lot of albums; There are three or four good songs, a few okay ones, and a then some filler. But then there are those albums where every song is as good as the last, where the album is like a best-of all by itself. For me, 'Nomads' falls into this category. Furthermore it marks a successful return of MOS GENERATOR who allowed themselves a four year break after the release of their last studio album 'Songs For Future Gods' (review here). During this time, Tony D. Reed (guitar, vocals) invested a lot of time and energy in his other band Stone Axe - not to mention his work as a producer for a lot of heavy bands such as Saint Vitus, Wight or Mighty High. Seen in this way, there was no break for Tony D. Reed, but maybe for drummer Shawn Johnson and bassist Scooter Haslip.

However, the abscence hasn't damaged Washington's MOS GENERATOR. It is more the case that I believe they are stronger than ever. That does not mean however that MOS GENERATOR ever recorded second-rate material. Since 2002, they deliver their first-class blend of classic 1970's hard rock, early Black Sabbath and heavy blues. In doing this, MOS GENERATOR have changed the record labels like I change my pants, but now it seems that they have found a home port in the form of Ripple Music. Basically, this is no surprise because Ripple also released MOS GENERATOR's 10 years anniversary deluxe compilation LP as well as the Stone Axe album reissues. Enough of facts, I will speak now about 'Nomads'. The album consists of 9 tracks, including a re-recorded version of 'Step Up' (first released on a 7" named 'Jam Room Demos Vol. II') as well as a great cover version of Judas Priest's 'Solar Angels'. Tony D. Reed's playing and singing on 'Nomads' is simply terrific. Each song has a great riff, and one or two killer solos.

These tracks are instantly catchy and memorable, whether you listen to the groove-ridden 'Can't Get Where I Belong' or to 'This Is The Gift Of Nature' which combines the heaviness of Black Sabbath with the dreamy virtuosity of Necromandus. Apart of Tony D. Reed, bassist Scooter Haslip and drummer Shawn Johnson form an exciting and dynamic rhythm section, as was the case in previous years. Moreover, 'Nomads' benefits from an excellent production which manages to capture some of MOS GENERATOR's overwhelming live energy. Added to this is the variety of this album. Despite the fact that most of these songs are hard-rockers, none sound similar and 'Nomads' never gets monotonous. Each song is carefully crafted and meticulously delivered. Overall, it is clear that MOS GENERATOR are currently on top of their game. I think this is their strongest album, and also one of the musical highlights of 2012.

(KK)

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