CD Review: Fuser S/T

The magnificent rock band named Fuser is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Fuser first shook the New Zealand music scene in 2006 with the release of their self-titled debut album, and it was not long before heads in the music industry began to spin and take notice of this atomic rock ensemble.

Shortly after the release of the album, two tracks were chosen for the NZ On Air government-funded program, Off The Record, a show run by New Zealand’s main national radio station. Through this exposure, Fuser then went on to complete a tour of New Zealand, which resulted in one of their tracks being included on a compilation CD featured on the cover of Rocksound Magazine, as well as TV exposure on music channel C4.

Fuser is Ian Black (guitar and vocals), John Burkett (bass), Rob Fleming (guitar) and Dave Morello (drums). The band’s debut album is a stunning example of explosive independent rock. It is perfectly paced, produced, arranged and performed, along with being so well written. It is 33 minutes of rocking heaven from start to finish.

I have been giving Fuser’s debut album a thorough testing and it is a real masterpiece of intelligent hard rock. The album is an incendiary mix of rocking tunes, which just demand to be played again and again. If you were to imagine a blend of R.E.M. and Queens of the Stone Age, but with hints of The Offspring – then you would have a fair idea of what to expect from Fuser. The band throws a great mix of styles together and infuses them to create a sound that is oozing with energy, and also creating a vast amount of catchy punch.

I for one am definitely looking forward to the release of Fuser’s forthcoming album, World of Make Believe. For a short time you can go here and get a free download of ‘If I Was’, the first single from World of Make Believe.

The debut album, Fuser, easily warrants an 8/10 and all of the new material I’ve heard just gets better and better. Go and check this band out, they are undoubtedly another wonder from Down Under.

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