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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 (opens in new tab), 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. 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.