Beelzefuzz - Beelzefuzz

The Church Within Records
Beelzefuzz released their first demo in 2012 and since then there has been a buzz around their name. Their debut album, called simply “Beelzefuzz”, is a combination of space, stoner and heavy rock with some doom metal elements and the vocal mentality of people like Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson. It seems that the band is also a fan of the 70’s hard rock stuff, because one can clearly hear some Black Sabbath and Deep Purple influences in most of the tracks there.
So far, Beelzefuzz is the sort of band that has a lot of potential to produce something truly amazing, but haven’t managed to do so yet. The first time I ever listened to “Beelzefuzz” and “Reborn” (the first track) came on, I have to admit that I thought to myself “cool, this sounds like it’s going to be a pretty decent album”. “Reborn” is a fast, dark and intense track that serves perfectly as an introduction. Then “Lotus Jam” begun, equally powerful and with a quite catchy guitar riff and I was eager to hear more. Somewhere around the middle of “All Feeling Returns” (the third song) my attention shifted and was never fully regained. I found that it was all downhill from then on. All the tracks sounded more or less the same. I truly believe that Beelzefuzz would have really gained a lot more from a better production sound. Throughout “Beelzefuzz” all the instruments and the singer’s voice remain at the exact same (almost flat) level. I for one, might not have noticed it for the first few songs, but once I did, I kinda felt like all the songs there seem to get massed into one really long, and quite frankly, sort of boring track.
If you judge each track separately most of them are actually pretty good, maybe not the best stuff you will ever hlisten to, but quite decent nevertheless. The seven minute “Hypnotize” for example, deserves special mention. However, I personally think that the experience of hearing them all back to back is an extremely boring one. Despite all that though, there is something there, in the Beelzefuzz case. These guys are definitely good musicians who are able to write good music. Therefore, I shall keep my ears open for any of their future ventures. So should every stoner/hard/heavy/doom rock fan out there.