HOOKAH THE FUZZ - Hookah The Fuzz

Hookah The Fuzz - Hookah The Fuzz

8 songs
63:51 minutes
***** ***


Band name and cover artwork lets you think instantly of hardcore potheads, but at least from a musical angle, the quintet from Birmingham has nothing to do with hippies and psychedelia. Instead they play a rather sophisticated mix of progressive rock and metal.

Hookah The Fuzz were founded five years ago and took until now to release their self-titled debut album, but at least the United Kingdom can pride itself once again of a really good metal band. The band see themselves as technical as Dream Theater, as thrashy as Metallic and as melodic as Devin Townsend. I also noticed a strong parallel to Savatage, as all eight tracks manage to convey a sense of drama not unlike the power metal legend did on Sirens and Hall Of The Mountain King, although the Brits don’t sound as fresh as the Americans did twenty-five years ago. There is furthermore a strong similarity between the voices of Hookah The Fuzz’s Si Jeffereis and Savatage’s Jon Oliva. Hookah The Fuzz sound more playful though. Their songs are brimming with breaks and surprise with unexpected elements like piano, jazz guitar and even some bluesy parts. Munchkin Fever can even be considered a small rock opera, and the arrangements on Addict are excellent. The only drawback is the exaggerated length of the songs which all lie between six and ten minutes. Mostly the band is able to make it through unharmed, but it also some rare times happens that they lose the thread.

Despite this small criticism, Hookah The Fuzz can be highly pleased with their debut. It is obvious that they put a lot of time and energy into the songwriting, and the broad range of their music which never sounds too hard or too soft should appeal to a wide audience. The Brits definitely don’t lack ideas, but in the future they should maybe try to work on more compact songs.

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