The US’S Galactic Cowboys have been around since 89′, disbanded in the year 2000, and a good way to describe their style would be, fitting with the title – in your f*cking face!
Though you’ve probably never heard of “Space In Your Face“, ‘chances are this one will appeal to you on multiple levels if you are a fan of any of thrash metal’s top bands(and for your sake, your are!). These Texans’ music is heavy enough, alternative, intelligent(for the most part) and has a kind of southern grungy guitar-driven attitude with a bit of an 80’s\90’s vibe that kills. Does that sound extremely general to you? Well that’s ’cause the Galactic Cowboys channel tons of stuff on “Space In Your Face“, from thrash to melodic hard rock and they also got a softer clean\bluesy side to’em.
Regarding the tracks themselves, these include solos, gang vocals, kickass riffs – the works! Sure you could say all that has been done already, but the band brings a different, refreshing energy into their songs, making those, if not the most original, still totally catchy &memorable. Things feel organic but at the same time very thought through, and work for the boys especially on “You Make Me Smile” and “If I Were A Killer“, the latter having a simple but smart lyrical concept; It’s heavy but fun music, melodic but to the point, not overstaying its welcome.
Far from being a perfect release, “Space In Your Face” does have its weaker tracks. The group, I’m unsure why, decided to take their newfound 80’s attitude too far on pieces like “Blind” and “About Mrs. Leslie” – the whole album suddenly stopping its addictive rhythm and getting into a plodding pace, everything dragging slow and safe. It’s like listening to Kill’em All with a bit of The Black Album in the middle; Now that’s plain WEIRD, if not cringe-inducing. Luckily, following this tiring business the guys get back on track with some interesting hard-hitting closing material with “Still Life Of Peace“, making the listen overall pretty worthwhile.
I wouldn’t say the band are as talented as Metallica or Slayer, but they are right behind and should have been bigger; I mean, They got a great vocalist here, great drummer, their rhythm section in general is punchy & heavy when it wants to be. I’m impressed. This release definitely stands the test of time, and is an equally fun and intelligent listen that I can recommend to both metalheads and less “heavy”-oriented rock’n’roll type music fans. Give this album a chance you guys, it rules! 7/10