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  MOTHER'S FINEST
'Shut Up' Single
Release Date: 5th January 2015
(Steamhammer/SPV)

Luke 'Loki' Milne


Luke Loki Milne



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It's been eleven years since American funk rock act Mother's Finest released their last studio album, 'Meta-Funk'n-Physical'. The band are now poised to make their return to the spotlight' with the upcoming release of their latest offering to the general public, 'Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beast'.

Fans of the band can expect to get their mitts on the new album sometime in Spring of 2015, but ahead of this time the band have seen fit to tease our musical tastebuds with a sneak peak at one of the album's featuring tracks, titled 'Shut Up'.

Having listened to the teaser track I'm pretty interested in grabbing the full release when it hits online stores, and for a number of reasons 'Shut Up' presents itself as a rather interesting initial release in my eyes. It's a bit of a slow-burner to begin and I found it a little tricky to overcome the feeling that perhaps the track came across as a little too simplistic in it's infancy, with a vibe that I worry may be a little too linear to attract fans of more complex melodic phrases.

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Thankfully the band work to build up the tension into a fairly satisfying crescendo, and by the end of the song I'm left with a sense that there's more to Mother's Finest than meets the eye after such a long period between albums.

I'm hopeful that the album provides a little more upbeat and bright material in line with my expectations of the funk rock genre, but I have to confess that 'Shut Up' raises a few too many concerns in my mind and feels more like an album filler track than a single release.

I feel it's important when releasing an album to select a single release that will captivate and entice the listener, raising their spirits with either a feel-good vibe or – as is often in alternative music – a huge, anthemic track that fans can sing at the top of their lungs until the full album is released. 'Shut Up' just doesn't feel like either of these to me; it's a little too one-dimensional, a little too simple and a little too forgettable, and I can't help but think that this isn't Mother's Finest at their... finest.

Sorry, bad pun.

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I will say that in my experience some of my favourite songs haven't gripped my attention right off the bat, and some of the best music I've heard has taken a few tries before it's hit me, but I fear that perhaps this offering from Mother's Finest doesn't fit into my spectrum of musical interests enough to fully grab my attention.

Of course, this doesn't mean that it won't appeal to others of the music-loving community and I still hold hope for the full album. As a reviewer, I would certainly be keen to dip my toes a little further into the band's brand of funk rock; there's still something about this initial release that interests me and i'm interested to see what else is on offer from the American act, and how it contrasts to 'Shut Up', which sadly hasn't quite peaked my personal interests on this occasion.


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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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