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CADILLAC – Magnetic City (Kong Tiki Records CD)

Posted: March 20th, 2006, by Simon Minter

The whole of this album is shot through with some fantastic fuzz bass, holding together a ramshackle selection of tunes with a sturdy, mean-sounding growl. The effect as a whole is akin to Ozzy Osbourne circa 1971 fronting a Queens of the Stone Age covers band made up of ardent Iron Maiden fans. For every dense, hard-riffing twist of a tune there’s a counterpoint of heavy metal mayhem – double kick-drum and portentous vocals aplenty – which delights and confuses in equal measure. As much a part of a just-created-for-the-sake-of-this-review new wave of hard rock spearheaded by the aforementioned QOTSA, Hellacopters and The Mars Volta, as they are a melodic NWOBHM Hard Rock tribute act, Cadillac are doubtless black-clad denizens of the night who occasionally kick back with their MC5 collection and consider their emotions. They rock, this much is true. Whether they rock with the new or the old school remains to be seen.

Kong Tiki Records

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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