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Album Review

After the critical and commercial thrashing bestowed upon their disappointing second album, Houston's Galactic Cowboys were abruptly dropped by DGC Records. They also then parted company with their management, fired their guitarist, and eventually signed with independent Metal Blade Records for 1995's Machine Fish. Though the album shows a vast improvement, it can hardly be termed a return to form, seeing as the band's sound was drastically altered. Their once characteristic Beatlesque vocal harmonies, pompous prog-metal aspirations, and textured guitar symphonies are virtually abandoned, replaced by a more conventional heavy metal approach and an aggressive (read "screaming") vocal style. Inventive songwriting facilitates this transition on standouts such as "Feel the Rage," "Stress," and the ironic "Pattin' Yourself on the Back." The group also resurrects some chorused vocals for the equally impressive "Psychotic Companion," "The Lens," and "In a Lonely Room." They save the best for last, closing with the piano-driven and wonderfully melancholy "Arrow."

Customer Reviews

Doesn't smell fishy.....

It's amazing that The Galactic Cowboys didn't make it much bigger than they did. Perhaps part of the reason could have been down to their stubborn refusal to be tied down to one sound. Whatever, the firing of their guitarist, change of management and signing to Metal Blade certainly seemed to pay dividends, because their 1996 album, Machine Fish is, in my opinion, one of their best. Here they've traded much of their previous sound for straight-ahead metal, and it works a treat. If you like proper metal music, but with enough added touch to make it stand apart from the rest of the crowd, this would be a good bet. The songs are really well written and the guitars sound awesome. Standout tracks for me: 'Stress', 'Feel The Rage', 'Pattin' Yourself On The Back', 'Easy To Love', and 'Arrow'.


Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Bassist Monty Colvin and drummer Alan Doss first played together in Houston in a band called the Awful Truth. When it split up, Colvin and Doss recruited vocalist Ben Huggins and guitarist Dane Sonnier to form Galactic Cowboys. Signed soon after by DGC, the metallic rock combo released a self-titled debut in 1991 and Space in Your Face two years later. Following the release of Space in Your Face, the group was dropped by DGC and Wally Farkas replaced Sonnier (who formed the Sonnier Brothers Band)....
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