STUCK MOJO - Here Come The Infidels

Stuck Mojo - Here Come The Infidels

11 songs
41:13 minutes
***** ***
(self-released)

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As Stuck Mojo were founded already back in 1989, they can be counted among the pioneers of crossover and rap metal. During those nearly thirty years, there have been some break-ups and reunions, with the musicians also active in other bands, with Fozzy being the best known among them. This erratic band history may be the reason why Stuck Mojo never really had the big breakthrough. I always liked their music quite a lot, although their right wing leaning lyrics were less to my taste.

Once again there was an eight year gap. Main reason was their emphasis on Fozzy which not only released three albums but was also quite busy touring and even found their way to Luxembourg quite recently. But back to Stuck Mojo again, whose seventh studio album Here Come The Infidels sees the band once again in top shape. Of course they had a lot of time to fine-tune the songwriting, and new vocalist Robby J. Fonts is also a veritable entertainer.

The album begins with the bold title track. The band is acting heavy and hectic, reminding of the early days of Suicidal Tendencies. They can also be more aggressive, as shown on Rape Whistle and The Business Of Hate. Especially the rhythm faction plays with an extreme sense of brutality. Despite the rap vocals, the band plays a lot of ultra-heavy groove parts that should also appeal to metalcore fans. There is also a more commercial aspect to be found on Here Come The Infidels. The first video release Charles Bronson starts as it could have come from Rage Against The Machine before it turns into a Southern rock piece. Even catchier is Verbal Combat which reminded me of Public Enemy. If you prefer American flavoured hard rock, you should check out Destroyer which could also have come from Fozzy or Alter Bridge. Towards the end, the album features three funky tracks that betray a Red Hot Chili Peppers influence.

Here Come The Infidels might very well be the strongest Stuck Mojo album so far. Especially those growing up with the crossover sound of the late Eighties and the early Nineties will get a nice whiff of nostalgia. Hats off to the songwriting which is constantly on a high level. The band’s strongest asset is their new vocalist Robby J. Fonts who performs as varied as Mike Patton. Fozzy are musically stronger than ever. If only their lyrics were more intelligent…

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