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Ape Shifter II

Ape Shifter

Brainstorm Records 2019

Review by David Bowling

 

Ape Shifter is a basic, no nonsense instrumental hard rock band. Led by guitarist Jeff Aug; he is backed by the solid rhythm section of drummer Kurty Munch and bassist Florian Walter.

Aug was born in Washington D.C. and raided in Maryland but has lived in the Alps of Southern Germany for the past 20 years. He has fused American music sensibilities with European rock. What has emerged is an intense brand of rock and roll.

An instrumental band always has the added challenge of making their music interesting without words. Ape Shifter overcomes this issue by placing the focus on Aug’s guitar. He attacks songs such as “Mask Of The Ancient Warrior,” “American Eagle,” “Matilda,” and “Jiggy Jiggy Boom Boom” with a fierceness and lack of restraint.

Ape Shifter is a band that needs to be played loud to be appreciated. The album is also available on vinyl if you are so inclined.

Rating: ***

 

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