Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kemerov - FMKD

I'll be honest, the only reason I found out about Kemerov is the promo email subject line called them a mix of the first Kvelertak record with Wolverine Blues. That's pretty much right up my alley so I knew that FMKD was going to be for me. It's impossible not to fall in love with what happens on this record, it's death metal with rock and roll swagger, heavy rock with death growls, and devastating grooves with a glam metal punch. I mean, if you've got kind of eclectic tastes then how can you not latch on to this shit?

There is a huge amount of potential in Kemerov, their songwriting snesibilities are on point and there is acertain demented joy that shines through in their work. At the same time I have to say that the production doesn't quite do it for me. There are moments here and there where, as good as the songs are and as fleshed out as the arrangements might be the production limits how full these guys coud be. That being said, I'm already on my third or fourth listen and still enjoying this release, so the wild rock and roll majest that defines FMKD must be doing something right. This is an album of weird balances and Kemerov masters 90% of them.

When it comes down to it, we need more bands defined by their sense of swagger and their ability to write banging rock and roll tunes. Quite frankly I'm a little shocked that more bands aren't trying to do what Kemerov are doing, FMKD, much like the Kvelertak discography and death n roll as a whole seems to feel like a logical continuation on the work of legendary bands like Motorhead and it fucking rips. These guys are rapidly evolving, and if you can't wrap your head around that, then back the hell off.

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