MÖRGLBL - Tea Time For Pünks

Mörglbl - Tea Time For Pünks

62:44 minutes
***** **
Free Electric Sound / Laser's Edge


Founded in the late Nineties, French jazz fusion metal trio Mörglbl soon released two albums before going on a many years long hiatus. In the mid-2000’s, they were back and have recorded albums on quite a regularly basis. Tea Time For Pünks is the quasi-instrumental band’s sixth longplayer so far, and if you - just like me - haven’t heard from the guys before, it’s probably because they are musicians’ musicians.

Does that mean to the common people can’t appreciate their music? I wouldn’t go that far, as band leader Christophe Godin is doing his best do write accessible music with quite a huge amount of humour, but the less musically educated will probably miss out on a lot of technical details that make Mörglbl’s music such a treat for connoisseurs.

The guitar work reminds me a lot of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, but there is also ample opportunity for the bassist and the drummer to show off their tremendous skills. My rather untrained ears tell my brain that the album is maybe a little on the long side, and while it never really runs out of steam, I got the impression that my personal highlight’s were the songs with odd track numbers. The opener Banjovi, which really has absolutely nothing to do with Bon Jovi, starts with a strange banjo melody, before heavy guitars show the band’s metal side, just to make room for a fun guitar lead that feels as if the instrument were trying to talk. The title track is maybe less of a metal track, but once again comes with this strange quasi-talking guitar that is weaving a magical, sunny melody. More fun comes with the furious Mariachi’s Burger, a song with something approximating vocals, but once again it’s the musical prowess that counts. The guitarist is picking around on his instrument with incredible speed, while the bass guitar is putting down a funky rhythm, and the drums start in a disciplined enough way but become wild and uncontrollably stormy later on. Probably the best song on the album, as if Frank Zappa had played a metal song. God Shaved The Queen is another track that shows the band’s incredible talent to marry fusion music with muscular metal. Furthermore this song is the bassist’s finest moment on the CD.

And then there are the songs located at the even tracks, and no, they aren’t bad, but maybe don’t always have the same amount of humour that made the previously enumerated pieces such a treat for me. I am convinced that regular visitors of guitar, bass and drum clinics have heard already of the three band members making up Mörglbl, and they will relish the album from the first second to its very last. Regular people should check it out first, but if you like Vai, Satriana, Zappa, Primus and great musicianship, then you will not be disappointed.

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