Stuck Mojo

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Snappin' Necks

Stuck Mojo - Snappin' Necks ©1995 Century Media
1. Not Promised Tomorrow
2. Snappin' Necks
3. F.O.D.
4. The Beginning Of The End
5. Cake
6. 2 Minutes Of Death
7. Who's The Devil
8. Change My Ways
9. Monkey Behind The Wheel
10. Uncle Sam Sham
11. Propaganda

This sort of music shouldn't sound so polite. Stuck Mojo is obviously quite an angry band who have a few chips on their shoulder. Too bad the thin production reduces the guitar bluster to a mild summer breeze and make singer Bonz sound like a man rapping over the telephone. Not exactly the kind of statement this band should be making. Can't say I'll want to spin this more than once.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/1998


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Rising

Stuck Mojo - Rising ©1998 Century Media
1. Crooked Figurehead
2. Trick
3. Assassination Of A Pop Star
4. Rising
5. Southern Pride
6. Enemy Territory
7. Back In The Saddle
8. Dry
9. Throw The Switch
10. Hangem High (loser's Theme)
11. Tears
12. Pipebomb
13. Suburban Ranger

I used to hang garlic outside my front door to keep bands like this away. That whole rap/metal crossover trip has never exactly been my bag, so when Stuck Mojo snuck past the garlic wards...well, I wasn't overly excited. I had heard a couple tracks of theirs on some compilation album and quite frankly, it reminded me of a toothless vampire gumming on someone's neck. However, all things being fair, I popped this CD into my player and was immediately crushed by a rampaging mob of groove-infested songs hell-bent on demolishing my pre-set opinions. Sure, these guys have a "rapper" as their vocalist, but it's hardly a limitation. Rather, it is but one facet of their evolving sound. Bonz, along with the help of his bandmates, provides a lot of vocal variety (anything from Ozzy-ish melodies to death grunts to gang shouts) to give the songs a lot of different dimensions. And the music is outstanding, featuring some of the tastiest riffs and grooviest rhythms I've head in quite some time. Equal parts southern rock, hardcore, thrash, and a dash of the blues on top, the spectrum is given a nod. "Southern Pride", which strikes me as rather satirical, features a butt-waggling boogie, as does "Tears". My only true complaint is the inclusion of a standard hip-hop track at the end of the disc ("Suburban Ranger") that only proves their normal sound is much superior.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/1998

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HVY 1

Stuck Mojo - HVY 1 ©1999 Century Media
1. Minutes Of Death
2. Mental Meltdown
3. (Here Comes) The Monster
4. Twisted
5. Crooked Figurehead
6. Trick
7. Rising
8. Enemy Territory
9. Back In The Saddle
10. Throw The Switch
11. Tears
12. F.O.D.
13. Not Promised Tomorrow
14. Southern Pride
15. Pipebomb
16. Reborn
17. My Will

I am not exactly sure why Stuck Mojo, who only has a few albums out, would need to release a live album that is nothing more than an unessential collection of various songs from their previous releases. With the exception of the two new studio tracks at the end, what you have here is just an average live album that at least has good sound quality. Perhaps the only thing a fan might get out of this is Bonz's between-song chats (which, trust me, aren't insightful, as "Fuck Bill Clinton" chants might demonstrate). A non-fan will not be converted to this band with HVY 1. All I can say is that their live show is probably a very good time, but this document as such is nothing special at all.

As far as the two studio tracks go, the band seems to be breaking out of their mold just a bit, adding in some new elements, such as the keyboard string arrangement on "Reborn". That track also has a strong second melody beyond Bonz's rapping. Hopefully the band realizes that they are going to need a better sense of dynamics as they easily could run their schtick into the ground if they release more albums of the Same Old Thing. The two new tracks do indicate they are going to at least make some sort of attempt to grow.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/1999

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