|Dr. Freak & Mr. 4 - 'Rock 'n' Roll Brotherhood' (Logic [il] Logic)|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Tuesday, 08 May 2012 04:30|
Dr. Freak and Mr. 4 - possibly stage names - are the singer and bass player respectively with Italian horror rockers Superhorrorfuck who, with this spin-off release, celebrate twenty years of...err...'Rock 'n' Roll Brotherhood'.
Yes, before Superhorrorfuck, and the band's B-movie inspired biography that details their return from the grave, Dr. And Mr. were best friends, for ten years sharing stages, two decades in all. Now the duo have wiped off the corpse paint for half an hour or so to scratch a nine song itch that obviously means a lot to them.
Opening with its title track, this album bears all the hallmarks of a side project; the horror rock has been replaced with a definite cock rock bent, a whiff of electronica about the place, as the guys get their rocks off playing whatever the hell they feel like. There are times when that Hanoi Rocks aura that surrounds most European glam bands shines brightest, and also, curiously, a few moments when The Almighty spring to mind, especially on the album's heavier moments.
While fans of Superhorrorfuck will love tunes like 'Love After Death' it's the songs that introduce the electronic element that impress most; final song 'Your Words, Your Air, Your Day', a dark, synth-heavy monster with a simple yet effective hook, is an excellent piece of metal-tinged electro pop that is, arguably, the best thing that the guys have put their names to.
'Rock 'n' Roll Brotherhood' is best served chilled to fans of the duo's day job outfit but, as a stand alone release, it isn't as dead as the stuff they write about, as I (probably) first expected. Now if Superhorrorfuck could incorporate more of the electro stuff into their arsenal of autopsy-turvy tunes then they'd be playing a game more dangerous, and thereby exciting, than the usual one of formaldehyde 'n' seek.