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Mercury Fang - 2003 Liquid Sunshine


MERCURY FANG - LIQUID SUNSHINE (2003, RIVEL RECORDS)
Fredrik Glimbrand - vocals, guitars
Hakan Granat - guitars
Jorgen Schelander - keyboards
Olle Boden - bass
Ken Savefjord - drums


Background
A bit of a local identity in the Stockholm scene are the strangely named quintet Mercury Fang (I would've suggested Jupiters Jaws meself!). They've been together since the late nineties, playing an aggressive brand of melodic rock that touches on a sound previously heard with other Swedish outfits such as Red Fun, Don Patrol and Great King Rat. In fact, that last reference to GKR is coincidental, considering a certain Pontus Norgren helped mix this fair debut effort from the Fangsters. Someone in the media described the band as 'Whitesnake on Steroids', but if you're a Swedish hard rock fan, you'll be able to pick and choose MF's influences like the offerings on a Cheese and Pate platter! I've given you three samples already. Yes, it does have a bluesy edge, but it's not Southern edged boogie like Foghat or Point Blank, if thats what you're thinking..

The Songs
The guys have been around a while too, they admit they're no spring chickens, but Mercury Fang's full-on classic rock sound has a ready audience (many of them on this site too no doubt). Heavier tracks such as 'Invisible Crime' and 'Danger Zone' will hit home to those with a penchant for metallic riffs, while 'Chains Around My Heart' and the AOR-ish 'On The Moon' find the middle ground. 'Hello/Goodbye' is a bombastic slice of rock, the staccato-like keyboard flurries through the middle section and choruses are memorable. 'I Made Up My Mind' is a mid-paced rocker with a rich vocal chorus, while other worthwhile moments strike home on 'Lesson' and the riff-hardened 'Daddys Home'. The ending on that song (the albums closing moment) is sensational! I have to admit only one or two songs didn't knock me over on first listen ('Last Son' being the prime example here), and after giving the album a few blasts since then, thats not a bad ratio at all, considering we've got 14 tracks. On that point, that was one aspect I struggled with: the total effort of 14 tracks, and 66 minutes of listening. Perhaps a couple of tracks too many, because by the time you get to the end, the focus is slightly lost. However, the overall theme of the album is retained all the way through, so you're not presented with oddball moments as some other albums are prone to do. Consistency is one of Mercury Fang's greatest assets, and when you've been around as long as these guys, you don't have to teach old dogs new tricks (as they say!)

In Summary
The upshot of it all, is that Mercury Fang have a different ring to their bell. Very much the quintessential classic rock band from Sweden with some slightly exotic flavours to their sound. Perhaps not everyone's can of lager, but worth a cursory listen just in case you feel you're missing out on something.

Track Time: 66.12

Track Listing:
01 Hello/Goodbye
02 Chains Around My Heart
03 Danger Zone
04 Last Son
05 Come To Me
06 I Made Up My Mind
07 Invisible Crime
08 Voice Left Unheard
09 Lesson
10 I Believe
11 On The Moon
12 Direction
13 You Need My Love
14 Daddys Home

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