Albums of the Year 2015: #15 Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last


Thee Oh Sees’ Mutilator Defeated At Last is a ridiculously kick-ass synthesis of psychedelic and garage rock that is guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Filled to bursting with incendiary guitar licks and pummelling drums, this is an album that succesfully melds two rock styles into one cohesive whole. Opening track ‘Web’ immediately sets the tone for the rest of the record, kicking things off with some wonky psych guitars before exploding into a chorus full of gooey synthesizers and drum fills. And things get even heavier on the next track, as the psych-punk firestorm of ‘Withered Hand’ pulls the listener down into its swampy lair and locks the door behind them. Elsewhere, the keyboards in ‘Sticky Hulks’ are pure Doors adoration, and manage to emulate the 60s psych rock sound without ever descending into pastiche. Closing track ‘Palace Doctor’, meanwhile, contains some lovely, slinky bass playing and breathy, cooing vocals to bring the album to a fantastic finish. Highly recommended for all fans of psychedelic, garage and heavy rock.

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