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This review is from: Nola (Audio CD)
After years of skirting around various aspects of the metal scene, despite a youth spent almost exclusively listening to Anthrax and Iron Maiden, it took this record to open that particular world back up. And despite a year or so exploring aspects of metal from the 70's to the 90's and beyond it's always this album i return to. It is an unquestionable joy, a record that puts a smile on my face every time i put it on, which is often. It has a very loose feel, the sound of a band with undoubted talent, not trying to amaze the listening with skills (which are there in abundance), but just creating the ultimate groove, with the right balance of aggression, songcraft and well, rock n roll!!. It may be a supergroup, but it more than equals the sum of it's parts and i love Phil's vocals on this record. Highlights for me are "Temptations Wings" "Lifer" and "Stone the Crow" (the best track Pearl Jam never made). I know there are some who feel this is under produced, but the style of production, or lack of it, only enhances the record, played loud in a car it sounds like the band are performing on the back seat and i love that. Since hearing this i've gone on a journey through Pantera's, COC's, Crowbar's and EyeHateGod's back catalogues and any number of other "StonerSludgeDoom" bands, but this is always my reference point. Thank You and Get Down.