King Tuff: Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

King Tuff

Black Moon Spell

Sub Pop

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The first riff on Black Moon Spell (on the title track, no less) is proof that Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff) is gunning for a space among the guitar heroes. He's always had a taste for the bewitching, but this record is far keener on intoning all aspects of the grimoire correctly. He's no longer content in his garage; this is music for open fields.

It's hard to classify whether his sound here charts closer to Jack-White-neo-blues or Tame-Impala-updated-psychedelia on the modern guitar rock spectrum. But then, that's probably how Thomas wants it. "Sick Mind" and "Headbanger" prove that no matter how you want to label him, he's most content with recording straight-up rock and roll. He follows that up with "Rainbow's Run" and it's a run more paced than sprinted. The crunchy sounds he gets to come out of his amp conjure up thoughts of Mick Ronson's tenure as David Bowie's go-to guitar god. We can't legitimately crown Thomas the king of anything yet, but he's definitely closer to the throne here than he's ever been before. (www.kingtuffworld.com)

Author rating: 6.5/10

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