Luckily for real musicians, technology has been improving enough to be able to rock out without the need for a guitar player. Several bands already ditched their attention-whores and some just start jamming with out them.
That brings me to German doom & bass trio Moto Toscana. A drummer, a vocalist, a bass player and a truckload of fuzz is all they need to blast venues to pieces. To me, that raises comparisons to English duo Bismuth who also come up with grinding doom riffs. Yet, while Bismuth focuses on fuzzed out tsunamis, Moto Toscana adds a touch of progressive doom to their recipe, mainly coming at you in strong lyrics, the melodic vocals and neat bass lines.
But perhaps the most surprising aspect of this music is the strange resemblance with funk. I mean, un-fuzz the bass and the whole thing can be a solid foundation for Earth, Wind & Fire tunes. Opener 'Sickandtwisted' got me both banging my head and shaking my hips. The same goes for a lot of tunes here, except for 'Craving' and 'Exclusive' which bring something grungy to the whole thing. By now, I'm pretty astounded by this trio and their surprising variety.
I think the biggest surprise on this album is the huge amount of possibilities within their minimal approach. As I mentioned before, this setting could be the foundation for a lot of different styles, from Black Sabbath to Linkin Park to Primus and from funk to grunge to punk. It depends on what you want to hear in it. The only certainty is the fact that this grooves and rolls like crazy. My personal favorite is closer 'Among The Dead', which spells pure doom but obviously I recommend this album to all doomers and bass addicts out there.