The Majestic Unicorns From Hell - A Matter Of Less In More

10 songs
29:46 minutes
***** ***


Two years after their debut album, Luxembourg instrumental heavy rockers The Majestic Unicorns From Hell are back with their second album A Matter Of Less In More, consisting of eight songs, a small instrumental and a strange intro that I just had to look up on the Internet. As a matter of fact, the album starts with guitar god Yngwie Malmsteen wondering in a mumbling voice how less can be more, because everyone knows that more is more. I donít know how that related to the music of TMUFH, as their music is at times simple, at times quite complex, and occasionally even both at once.

The first regular song Monstrosity is a short and brutal monster track, clocking in just under three minutes and displaying the straight in your face attitude of the bandís music. This track segues into Vivaldi Opus III, and me not being familiar with the Italian composer, I canít tell you if this is an adaptation of one of his works. I would guess not though, because stylistically this is not that different from what preceded, except that it contains some more slowed down parts. The first highlight comes with Throned By Wolves, a short three minute piece where the first few seconds actually have a certain black metal touch, before it turns into a more playful piece that reminds me of little of math rockers Mutiny On The Bounty. The black metal impression possibly came from relating the song title to American genre icons Wolves In The Throne Room. More pounding heavy rock comes with the short Damage Done which has quite a memorable chorus, if you can call it that way, considering that we are in the presence of an instrumental band. If this were a vinyl record, the first half would end with the short introspective Feria Quinta In Coena Domini.

The second half of the album feels more varied and shows a matured band. The strangely titled Green Thursday Mr Beast is with five minutes running unusually long, but also sees the musicians taking more time to elaborate their ideas. The beginning of the song has a certain trip hop appeal before it turns into a pleasant sludge fest. Trash321 is the albumís first single and a more typical track, combining the catchy side with the playful guitar parts. The rather short Grizzly Song feels a little understated, but fortunately the band ends the album on the grandiose The Black Chords, with five minutes the other long track featured on this otherwise rather short record. TMUFH are at their best when they find the time to slow down, to add moody atmospheric parts that only enhance the power of their music.

A few more tracks like the two long ones would have given the album an even fuller image. And maybe a little less punch on the bass drum (it was nearly too much for my car stereo!) would have allowed me to listen even louder to the music. Apart from that, donít let yourself be misguided by my rating. In my opinion, A Matter Of Less In More is quite an improvement on the debut Valde Purgamentum. The songwriting is more concise this time, there are even some highlights that truly stand out. It is of course hard to make an instrumental heavy rock album, as we are too used to the genre with vocals, but The Majestic Unicorns From Hell are definitely aiming for the right direction. These guys are quite the gifted musicians that know how to combine the straightforward, sometimes even primitive with the occasional technical brilliance, thus making sense of their album title, independent of what Mr Malmsteen may have said in the intro.

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