Space Probe Taurus – Mondo Satan
There is a sample at the start of second song Kill City Death Cult that declares “Let it be known sons and daughters that satan was an acid head” and this sums up Space Probe Taurus and their new album in one soundbite. Psychedelic riffs and songs about death, violence and drugs abound and they are wrapped up with an attitude that is completely in your face.
From the off, the band go for the jugular and don’t let go for the duration of the ten songs on the album, opening song Scorpio Queen kicks things off with some dirty and fuzzy guitar before the rhythm section kicks in and the tales of sleaze and depravity emerge from singer Sjöberg’s mouth and the result is awesome.
The aforementioned Kill City Death Cult doesn’t let up either and is just and catchy and the riffs just as dirty. Spahn Ranch Motherfucker, Make Me Bleed and Galaxy Travellin Blues wouldn’t sound out of place on a classic 70s record but don’t sound dated, rather fresh and exciting and songs this good don’t go out of style!
Superfuzzed is perfectly named and kicks out the jams like a fuzzed up MC5 and is sure to be a live favourite with a rousing chorus and a white hot guitar solo while the title track is a groovier affair with its hypnotic bassline and vocals that slither.
The pounding Dust Joint is followed by the albums high point The Iguana which is a high octane blaster that roars through without coming up for an air and will get even someone in a neck brace banging their head!
The Righteous One is the final track on Mondo Satan and has some serious soaring vocals with the fuzz cranked up and this is done with slightly doomier riffs and closes the opus with a triumphant finish.
Fans of Monster Magnet, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and fellow Swedes Spiritual Beggars and basically anyone who likes catchy and dirty kickass acid rock should be first in the queue to buy this superb record.
Mondo Satanis the band’s follow up to their self-titled debut album from 2008 and will be released worldwide via Ripple Music on 28th April 2015.
Words: Gavin Brown