Muhammadali - Muhammadali [12-inch] (Cover Artwork)


Muhammadali: Muhammadali [12-inch]Muhammadali [12-inch] (2012)
Dirt Cult Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: Rich27Rich27
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This is my first exposure to Muhammadali and the initial salvo to "Someday" is quick to lead me to believe that this is another solid Dirt Cult Records band that can deliver gritty yet melodic punk rock with an abundance of fuzz as its bedrock. However, I was not prepared for what I was truly lettin.
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This is my first exposure to Muhammadali and the initial salvo to "Someday" is quick to lead me to believe that this is another solid Dirt Cult Records band that can deliver gritty yet melodic punk rock with an abundance of fuzz as its bedrock. However, I was not prepared for what I was truly letting myself in for with this eight-track release. As both the first, and subsequent, tracks play out it is clear that this is not just another typical release, and regardless of what label this came out on, it's a (and I'm only just about to resist the urge to swear to help emphasise my point across here) marvelous record.

Yes, it's certainly got elements of the sort of sound that bands like God Equals Genocide and the Shang-A-Langs have; a dirty, edgy guitar providing a driven garage punk attack, but on top of that Muhammadali has the ability to create a behemothic song like "Explodin' Ego," which is five-and-a-half minutes full of demented, sludgy and melodic joy‚??one of the best tracks I've heard in a while‚??as well as songs that almost defy description like the awesome "Elephant".

The final track, intriguingly titled "Secret Track" without really being hidden, is another fine example of what this band is capable of and although it's not actually a cover as many such titled songs are on records, there is a nod towards Hickey in the lyrics. Musically this track has an itchy quality in its sound, which you can almost feel pricking away at your skin as it enters into your body in any way it can to take up permanent residence in your consciousness for eternity.

It would be interesting to know exactly what has influenced this band to come up with eight such great tracks, and whether that be drink and/or drugs or just pure unadulterated genius, Muhammadali manage to deliver on many levels, with pure pop melodies sitting alongside grunge-like (and I'm not using the word "grunge" as it was applied to the Seattle scene in the early '90s) riffs in equal measures, all within the same song and doing so with a harmony that shows that these songs are not just thrown together in a jumble. Muhammadali could be viewed as a weird band, but I'd just say that they are head and shoulders above most other outfits around at the moment and let's hope that there is more to come.

This is one of the best releases from Dirt Cult Records and that's no mean feat.


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Blackjaw_ (August 6, 2012)

Diggin' this. So does it count for year end lists? Since it seems the first 6 songs were out in 2010...

MN_DrNick (August 3, 2012)

Bryne, no offense, but you gave a Miss May I a good review. The band is shit. That review couldn't have been your honest opinion.

jizzo (August 3, 2012)

Yes I agree abolitionist, Chris Mason is one of the coolest dudes in this biz. DCR has been like a factory for releasing magnificent punk rock records. The first Sundowners Lp in my opinion is by far their best and most over looked release.

Rich27 (August 3, 2012)

Totally honest opinion - you know when a record kicks you in the balls and says "I am great"? This is one of those records.

abolitionist (August 3, 2012)

Chris Mason does it again. Love this album, band and label!! The Magnificent LP he released was incredible & I'm really excited about the Autonomy LP & Sundowners 7" coming out the same time as the MA LP ...

jizzo (August 3, 2012)

Bryne, you can't be serious? You think this album is not every bit of fantastic? You obviously haven't heard it. I'll tell ya what, when you get done listening to "The Gaslight Anthem" for the 300th time this week, give this a spin and hear some good ol indy punk rock that will kick your ass! Gasligh Anthem hahhaaaa

jizzo (August 3, 2012)

This guy is right this album is truely genius! What a great review. He is also right about Dirt Cult Records being one of the top Indy labels in the game today. In the 3-4 yrs they have been around it has been nothing but one great release after another.

Bryne (August 3, 2012)

Yet another 9. Unreal, you guys. At least *try* to have an honest opinion.

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