Hailing from Moscow, Russia, hardcore/Southern rock quartet Grizzly Knows No Remorse bring a blend of intensity and party atmosphere to their sophomore LP Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache. Influences of Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, The Chariot and Motörhead shine through amid the album’s 10-track duration, but GKNR find a way to take the influences and mold them into a sound all their own.
The quartet hit the ground running with the infectious opening track “What It Takes And How It Tastes,” with vocalist Andrew Lockjaw singing cleans that resemble previous Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones. Guitarist Victor Kucher’s solo towards the end of the track sets the high-octane energy tone that’s to be felt throughout the album’s duration, and is indicative of the band’s energy as a whole.
An interesting blend of punk and splash of thrash metal is brought to the table in the track “Godstasy,” with a guitar groove that brings in some Southern rock influences. Bands can have a tendency to bite off a little more than they can chew in regards to the blending of genres. However, Grizzly Knows No Remorse have a way of making all of the various components sound natural, and are able to effectively mesh the aforementioned genres together.
Though intensity is a major component within Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache, heavily Southern rock-influenced tracks such as “Waiting To Be” have a great way of demonstrating the range Lockjaw possesses in regards to cutting back on the intensity. The track possesses a lot of groove that drummer Alex Karpuhin complements to a T, making it incredibly easy to sway along and get lost within the music. This track is among the strongest on the album, and has a great way of differentiating itself from the rest on Fat Glasses And The Leather Mustache.
When looking at tracks like “Refuse, Despise” or “The Hangover Anthem,” it’s clear to see that Grizzly Knows No Remorse possess a ton of energy. Though it would be nice to hear a few more tracks like “Waiting To Be,” the album still delivers and gives fans of the punk and hardcore genre their fix with some great up-tempo melodies and Southern-influenced grooves.