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Written by Central Electronic Brain     February 19, 2018    
 
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Their first album in seventeen years shows they have lost none of their eclectic spirit.

You might have feared Houston's Galactic Cowboys were lost in space after they disbanded in 2000, but they've shown up on the radar intermittently since then, playing some shows in 2009 and 2013. Now they're properly back, releasing their first album in seventeen years, and showing they have lost none of their eclectic spirit. They are often compared (sound wise) to their fellow Houston compatriots Kings X who they've frequently supported. They mix Metal and gnarly riffage with Beatlesy Psychedelic choruses and longer, more Prog Metal-like tracks. Less polished than Kings X, they do however possess a tougher, more thrashy edge to their sound akin to Anthrax.

The album kicks off with an old song 'In The Clouds' which ultimately didn't make the final cut for their debut. It's a smart move as all those key band ingredients are here and it's like they've never been away. There are several strong tracks with good hooks that you sense may well be released as singles. There is the Thrash Pop hybrid 'Internal Masquerade', the very System Of A Down-influenced (or did the Cowboys influence System Of A Down?) 'Blood In My Eyes' and the furious 'Zombies'. Another track of note is 'Hate Me', a song brought to the band by guitarist Dane Sonnier. It's an angry, heavy mutha with a spoken verse and a riff designed for mosh pit action.

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There are also a couple of more Progressive tracks like the floating 'Amisarewas' and the title track, the latter shifts between gentle weightlessness and heavy riffage which brings the song crashing back towards earth. The sense of humour which they brought to their early records is also here with the best example of this being the self-deprecating bonus track 'Believing The Hype'. It's a song about a band "so underrated you're overrated" which you can imagine is autobiographical as they were once on the Geffen Label, championed as the next big thing, when Nirvana came along and everyone turned their attention to Seattle – Metal was passé and Grunge was cool.

It's a relief to report that in 2017* "Houston, we don't have a problem". Galactic Cowboys have managed a successful re-entry and fans of old will find this fits in comfortably, both style and quality wise, with their back catalogue.

Duncan Jamieson

(*this review is from Fireworks Magazine #81)

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