FLUYD - Magma

Fluyd - Magma

11 songs
41:12 minutes
***** *


Although Fluyd have known several line-up changes in the past, they have been since the mid-Nineties one of Luxemburg's more popular bands. But in the last years, it has been quite silent about them. There was a CD release in 1999 and an EP in 2002, but concerts were quite rare. You could think that they needed quite a long time to write new songs. But when you listen to the first notes from the opener Fearfest, you feel immediately pushed back ten years into the past. Fluyd, who consider themselves a rap'n'roll act, nearly haven't changed at all throughout the years. It seems that they are still mainly influenced by bands like RATM and Clawfinger.

To be fair, one must say that although their music is outdated, they still play their songs with a lot of conviction. Their material is well structured and contains a lot of breaks. There are groovy parts, real wild and aggressive ones and there's even some place for surprisingly melodic stuff. Fluyd's main attractions are of course the two singers who act like a well established team. Male singer Jeff is a real poser and likes to shout and shock. Female singer Carole has a lot of variation in her soulish voice. Sometimes she's sounding like a black singer, sometimes she makes me think of Die Happy (example: Mimesis). But everyone prefers seeing them live and hearing them on CD. The most interesting questions are always what makeup Jeff is using and what dress Carole is wearing.

The songwriting consists mostly of typical crossover stuff like the opener, The Death Of The Producer and Harbinger. The title track contains a lot of slower parts that remind me of Crazy Town's Butterfly. Unleashed is the album's most weird and interesting song. Withered Wounds is the most melodic and certainly not the worst track on the album. Only Memory Lane, a triphop touched song, somehow feels wrong on the album.

Fluyd were never and still are not one of my favourite bands, but I do admit that they play their music with conviction and authenticity. If you liked what they did in the past, you won't have a problem getting into their new album. Of course if you had branded them as rap metal clones already back in the Nineties, then you should make sure to make a wide detour around Magma.

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