Truckfighters have been one of those bands I read about but not checked out. With the release of Universe I was able to change that. They are usually referred to as a Stoner band or Desert Rock, with there obvious influence of Kyuss. After hearing the first two tracks, “Mind Control” and “The Chairman”, I would have to agree. They have guitars that are fuzzier than a closet full of cashmere and cause the listener to head bang without though. One big difference is that the bass plays a much bigger role than their contemporaries. It carries the main riff and has several moments of flair.

After that, the band takes a bit of a turn.

The fuzz gets dialed back a bit and what is left is a somewhat heavy, gloomy metal band. Just like a less pretentious version of Tool. If you ever heard of the Boston act We’re All Gonna Die. It’s very similar. In fact I was sure this was them after a name change. Oops, since Truckfighters are Swedish.

“Convention” is more straight ahead and should have been on the new Queens of The Stone Age album. “Get Lifted” is the Tool sound I referenced just with a lot more distortion and the vocals dialed back. The band finishes it off with the 13-minute “Mastadont”. I don’t know if this is a dig at Mastadon or not. Maybe the length of the song is a nod of influence. It starts of slow and hypnotically until about halfway. Then is kicks in, but just for a minute. It’s like they needed a breath before hammering it home one more. The song slowly winds down until it fades out with some tasty acoustic guitars. It’s a real tour de force from these guys. One last kudo for Universe is that it is only 7 songs. While that may sound short, 3 of the songs are over 7 minutes. Plus I would rather have 7 good and interesting songs than 7 good ones and 3 more that are just fillers.

You might want to call Truckfighters the thinking man’s Stoner band. Except that’s a stupid moniker. I do feel the Tool comparisons are valid though. I do feel kind of bad for not listening to this band before. Do yourself a favor and don’t be like me, several reasons for that actually. Just go buy this.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

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