The Heat by MangooRelease date: December 8, 2017
Label: Small Stone Records
The Heat, is an album by Finnish band Mangoo. The name is pronounced ‘man go’ which means all the ejaculate puns that I had lined up for this review are out the window. This disappointment aside, The Heat, is an excellently realised album. It skips fluidly across generations and genres. Opening tracks ‘Relief’ and ‘Get Away’ start the album off with a fusion of late 70’s Priest and Saxon, mixed with stoner rock sensibilities. The vocals are pitched somewhere in the lower range of Rob Halford. The bass is pure 70’s worship: strong, building bass lines that underpin everything beautifully.
Track three ‘Beyond The Sky’, changes things up slightly. The intro is full of beautiful slide guitar work, before moving into the territory of an epic style song. The pace is slow and building and the song is very reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Diary of a Madman’. Even the vocal style changes on this song. The vocals are less Rob Halford and more Ozzy/Brent Hinds. It works, however, and the song is a personal highlight.
Mangoo, certainly don’t want you to shoehorn them into one specific genre and track four, ‘Monolith’ starts off with a guitar sound that is dripping in reverb and Dick Dale surf riffs. This isn’t the sign of a band with no musical cohesion. Mangoo, manage to make all this variety sound organic and, most importantly, like Mangoo. This doesn’t sound like several bands vying to showcase their sound under the confines of one umbrella, instead this sounds like a perfect symbiosis between the members love of many genres. ‘Monolith’, like all the songs on The Heat, has a massive, stadium filling chorus.
This album follows you. The songs stick with you for days. Whether it’s the stoner punch of ‘Deification’ or the chorus of ‘Beyond The Sky’. The Heat, sticks its claws into you, but unlike some earworms, Mangoo’s music is pleasantly stuck in your head, with rousing choruses that could brighten up even the most miserable of days.
The album ends with a slight curveball, a cover of Eddie Murphy’s ‘Party All the Time’. It is testament to Mangoo’s sound that I didn’t realise I was listening to a cover until the chorus kicked in and I had to check the track listing.