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Crobot album review - Welcome To Fat City

The blues groove is fattened up as Crobot fail to suffer second album syndrome

Crobot - Welcomer To Fat City

No second-album worries for this lot. While some bands struggle to follow up an impressive debut, Crobot have marched on sturdily and come up with an album that thrums with charismatic grooves and blues inspiration.

Loaded with songs that make an immediate yet lasting impact, Welcome To Fat City sees the Pennsylvania foursome striding out, determined to convince everyone they have the tools to be recognised as the band to take stoner-style music forward.

With Brandon Yeagley’s vocals acting like rapier thrusts as Chris Bishop’s guitar struts and cascades, the title track, Not For Sale and Temple In The Sky should become modern classics.

Welcome To Fat City is a mighty leap forward for Crobot, an ebullient masterclass.

Six things you need to know about Crobot

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.