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Moto Toscana — Moto Toscana
(H'art, 2018, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-02-25

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With this German band, the only instruments involved are bass guitar and drums, so you know not to expect complex harmonies or much in the way of counterpoint. Michi’s bass always features heavy fuzz and also seems to have an octave doubler in play, and Chrisch’s drums are usually plodding and heavy, avoiding subtlety in favor of power. With only two instruments involved, they take advantage of the possibilities for tight coordination, with riffs that change frequently, with a nod to math-rock. Andy is the singer, and he’s got a classic rock voice, strong enough to hold its own above all the sludge, with a touch of grit but never really growling. His focus on melody is welcome as a contrast to the heavy riffs going on behind him. This is 70s-style hard rock stripped down to its core, and it’s sometimes refreshing in its directness and lack of overcomplication. That being said, this is 37 minutes of music that sounds very much the same from start to end, and I find it to be too much to enjoy in a single sitting. Best is smaller doses, mixed in with other music for variety.


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