Music News

Random Abum Review: MSTRKRFT - Fist Of God

Fist Of God
(Dim Mak)

Three words: Worst. Album. Ever. MSTRKRFT should be glad we don't have a rating system here on Crossfade, because if we did, they would rightfully receive a zero-star rating from us. Honestly, we really wanted to like this album, but there is just no getting around how big of a mess it truly is.

Signs that this album was going to be an utter failure was easy to spot when the duo left its label Last Gang, home of Crystal Castles, Metric, Tiga and Chromeo, for Dim Mak, a label led by dance music worst enemy, Steve Aoki. And it's evident on Fist Of God that Aoki's mark has been left on every single track. Jesse Keeler and Al-P follow the boss' motto of louder and harder is better, which if you've ever heard an Aoki track, you know that isn't true.

Perhaps the biggest offense are the confusing appearances by N.O.R.E., John Legend, Jamal, E40 and Ghostface Killah on the album, all who don't seem able to keep up with the album's breakneck speed. But even at the rapid speed, everything seems a bit too polished, as if they obsessively worked in the studio cleaning up every mistake found, which only makes the album that much more boring because it lacks character.

If you must download any tracks, stick with "It Ain't Love," "Vu Vu Vu," and "Fist Of God," everything else is pretty much disposable, particularly the embarrassing "Heartbreaker" featuring John Legend, who sings the most ridiculous lyrics: "Remember when I caught your eye / You gave me rainbows and butterflies."

My only question is, how do you go from being called the next Daft Punk to releasing this coke-binge of a disaster?

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
Contact: Jose D. Duran