JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 17/11/08
SIX FEET UNDER / DEATH RITUALS
Its business as usual in the SFU camp and if you like Death Metal that’s good news, Chris and the guys have been consistently putting out good alums every other year or so and know just what the fans expect from them and they always deliver.
The albums is packed full of some great Death Metal riffs with some superb guitar playing from Steve Swanson and Chris’s unique vocalizations that are very distinctive and cant be mistaken for anyone else. The songs are full of menace and the promise of Death, one listen to the grind of “See Of Filth” and “Involuntary Movement Of Dead Flesh” or the psycho menace of “Shot In The Head” with its disturbing voice message at the start will leave most Death Metal fans wanting more. There are few surprises on here but what you get is totally convincing, the track “Bastard” could almost be described as melodic in places in a Six Feet Under kind of way and will have you shouting along in no time flat.
Also listen out for the fun packed songs: “Death By Machete”, “Killed In Your Sleep”, “Murder Addiction” and “Into The Crematorium”, the digipack has 3 bonus live tracks, you can be sure this is my album of the week, no problem.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 49 mins + 13 TRACKS
VIKING SKULL / DOOM, GLOOM, HEARTACHE AND WHISKEY
The title of the this CD says it all really and it’s a welcome return to Roddy and the crew with their blend of Classic Heavy Metal bringing back their blend of drunken debauchery.
If you haven’t come across this band before, where the hell have you been, musically they are in the same ball park as Black Label Society and lets face it, that’s damned good company to be in and you can bet your last £ that the songs are all about, Women, Drinking and Rock N Roll. You only have to take a look at the track titles to know what to expect, “Hair Of The Dog” (no not a Nazareth cover), “Start A War”, “Shot Down” and “Double Or Quits” being prime examples of what these guys do.
If your looking for some good old fashioned, blues drenched Rock then Viking Skull is the band for you and they keep Corby firmly on the Rock N Roll map, a well deserved album of the week for my HFM show, buy this or the boys will be round to see you, you have been warned, the only criticism I have is that it’s a bit Danny DeVito, too damned short.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 37 mins + 9 SHORT BUT SWEET TRACKS
SKINNY MOLLY / NO GOOD DEED
This is Southern Rock at its best sounding similar to Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot, in fact this album is dedicated to the memory of Jackson Spires the now deceased Blackfoot drummer.
Like most Southern Rock skinny Molly are laid back, full of blues and know how to pick a good tune whether it’s the fine “Enough Of Nothing”, the hard hitting “High Cost Of Low Lining” or the superb “Me And The Devil Himself” you cant help but be impressed by how good they sound coming out of the speakers. I haven’t come across Skinny Molly before but now I have you can be sure that I will be playing tracks off this good ol’ CD on my HFM show, if you like the bands mentioned you will love Skinny Molly, the south will rise again.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 33 mins + 9 SOUTHERN SCORCHIN’ TRACKS