Friday, 3 February 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Fairy - "Crystal Fairy"

By: Victor Van Ommen


Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/02/2017
Label: Ipecac Recordings




Very much the sum of their parts, Crystal Fairy stares down the listener with psychotic energy, what you get are 11 songs of screeching, high intensity riffs, hooks that are both jagged an accessible and a chemistry within that makes these tunes jump out of the speakers.


“Crystal Fair” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Chiseler
2). Drugs on the Bus
3). Necklace of Divorce
4). Moth Tongue
5). Crystal Fairy
6). Secret Agent Rat
7). Under Trouble
8). Bent Teeth
9). Posesión
10). Sweet Self
11). Vampire X-Mas


The Review:

Considering Crystal Fairy’s lineup, it’s no wonder that the band brings tunes with a high riff-factor on their self-titled debut. Starring King Buzzo and Dale Crover, the fold is further filled out with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (At The Drive In) and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes. The album consists of 11 songs, each one dives deeper into a bizarre pit of screeching, high intensity riffs.

Very much the sum of their parts, Crystal Fairy stares down the listener with psychotic energy. It’s Dale’s job to lay down the law, which he does most notably in “Bent Teeth.” Rodriguez-Lopez helps bridge the gap between Dale’s intense push and Buzzo’s guitar, but the star of the show here is Terri Gender Bender. Whether she’s owning the title track with her gnarly snarl or spitting out the Spanish language lyrics in “Secret Agent Rat,” it’s her voice that’s keeping the Crystal Fairy boat afloat. It’s her voice that’s front and center. And it’s her voice that makes this band unfuckwithable.

Ignore the label “supergroup” in this case and instead take in Crystal Fairy for what they are; a tight unit delivering tight, quirky rock songs. Sure, the tunes are filled with hooks that are both jagged and accessible – which is what we should expect from a band that’s half Melvins – but there’s something about the chemistry in Crystal Fairy that makes these tunes jump out of the speakers.


“Crystal Fairy” is available to preorder/buy here




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