Following on the heels of the re-release of their long out of print 2002 self-titled debut, Mos Generator cranks out their first album of original material in five years. Over those years, vocalist and guitarist Tony Reed has been busy with the classic rock outfit Stone Axe.
Call them reenergized as Reed with Scooter Haslip (bass) and Shawn Johnson (drums) have lost nothing. Mos Generator as artisans of classic heavy rock, and Nomads is a pure, and modern, example of the genre as can be found today.
Mos Generator easily merge traditional Seventies rock with parts stoner and psychedelic rock. Yet, what sets them apart is the ability to be heavy with about harshly aggressive in their presentation. Instead, by way of melody and sometimes intricate interludes, as on Cosmic Ark and Lonely One Kenobi, they offer genuine accessibility.
But if you want straight heavy rock, you'll get it. Step Up and Can't Get Where I Belong are as much thunderous and driving as they are melodic. Merge the stoner and psychedelic into the heavy groove and you have This is The Gift of Nature, the closing piece. However, the most interesting piece here may be their cover of Judas Priest's Solar Energy from 1991's Point of Entry. It's not doubt one of Priest' heavier later pieces, and Mos Generator adds, surprisingly, a certain sharpness to its tone.
All said, it's good to have Mos Generator back. Fans and those discovering modern interpretations of classic heavy rock will dig Mos Generator's Nomads. Easily recommended.