"Unsigned in 2006"
- Knuckles Avec Sombreros
Review: This is some of the best music I've ever heard. Megadeth
meets Joe Satriani. Heavy tight riffs with melodic soloing. This
band does all instrumentals, but these are not just instrumentals.
They're songs! There's a beginning, a middle, and an end. Great
stuff! I couln't get over how talented these three guys are. They
sound like they've been playing together for years. The music has
a great groove to it, and the soloing is not overdone. It's just
enough to make the songs sound great. I can't say enough good things
about these guys!
Favorite Tracks: All of them!
Least Favorite Tracks: None
"Movers and Shakers of 2005"
Dec 22, 2005
Knuckles Avec Sombreros (Fist Music). Instrumental thrash with an
understated Latin sensibility, GasHead's successor to LandSpeedRecord
takes humorous liberties by tweaking metal's big, bad, bloated sense
of itself. Instead of snarling goats and inverted crosses, the Fort
Collins-based trio raises Molotov cocktails in a gleeful toast to
abstract science, hockey and the absurd. Shred alert! -- La Briola
Published: Thursday, April 7, 2005
GasHead: Knuckles Avec Sombreros (Hapi Skratch Records)
By John La Briola
the glaring lack of an evil, fire-snorting frontman, instrumental
thrash trio GasHead avoids the kind of cliches that plague most
aggressive-metal acts -- everything from overemphasizing Satan to
celebrating global annihilation. Instead, the Fort Collins-based
outfit injects its headbanging with humor and occasional Latin-flavored
inflections. "Benediction," the album's opener, defies
convention with an unlikely swing beat and a brooding narrator who
toasts the album's guiding light (a hero named Atomic GasHead) with
a round of Molotov cocktails. From that point onward, the boys shred
in spades, showcasing six-string shootouts between lead and rhythm
guitarists Mike Lopez and Derek Maness, while hide-beater Nate Scofield
conducts a double-kick clinic. Polished production by local luminary
Dave Beegle fleshes out a relentlessly heavy batch of tunes that
hark back to the first wave of crunchy metallurgists Megadeth and
Testament. Paying homage to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai (along with
Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote, during "Into the Glass"),
GasHead more than compensates for any absence of a bile-spewing
leader. Stripped down to the basics, this stuff still packs a punch.
of Knuckles Avec Sombreros by Tamara McCollough
This Ft. Collins trio continues its ode to "instru-metal"
nefariousness with it's second release, and manages to creep you
out without saying a word. Despite the eye-rolling name, GasHead
delivers tight, vehement tracks, featuring expeditious percussion
by Nate Scofield and righteous riffs from tag-team guitarists Mike
Lopez and Derek Maness. "Atomic GasHead" bears traditional
hardcore elements, similar to Pantera and Megadeth, getting listeners
pumped and pitiless. "Entangled....Spooky At a Distance"
offers an exception to the instrumental theme with a guest vocalist
--- Satan. Between the double-bashing drums and precise axe-shredding,
GasHead drops what fans, bored with the current state of metal,
have been craving for.
Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter
honest ˆ I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I put
GasHead's "Knuckles Avec Sombreros" into the CD player.
The artwork suggested something less than heavy metal or hard rock
for that matter ˆ it evoked an image more fitting for Los Lonely
Boys, assuming they were modern rockers rather than Tex-Mex kings.
The title was just flat out confusing - "Knuckles Avec Sombreros"?
English, French, and Spanish are all represented in the album title
with nary a link among them.So what's "Knuckles Avec Sombreros"
all about? Well, it's about living in the moment with shredding
being the order of the day. Co-lead guitarists Mike Lopez and Derek
Maness shred their way into six-string bliss on every track. While
not entirely over-the-top, it's pretty clear to me that restraint
wasn't necessarily the first thing these cohorts in guitar mayhem
concerned themselves with upon waking up each day. Nine original
songs are augmented by two particularly impressive cover songs.
The originals are up-tempo rockers that are uplifting and expressive
without being too weighty for their own sake. The covers include
a balls-out expanded heavy duty version of George Lynch's guitar
solo track "Without Warning" while a fairly faithful rendition
of Def Leppard's instrumental classic "Switch 625" gets
an honest treatment from the band. Technical proficiency doesn't
get in the way of having fun with these guys. GasHead show a strong
sense of humor (despite a lack of lyrics/vocals except for the intro
track) and playfulness missing from most artists' outward musical
expressions. There is a lot of joy expressed on "Knuckles Avec
Sombreros" and it's nice to hear for a change.I thoroughly
enjoyed "Knuckles Avec Sombreros" and if you are the slightest
bit interested in guitar instrumentals that GasHead are worth checking