|Review: Alabama Thunderpussy - Open Fire|
Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 29, 2007
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Rated 2.71/5 (54.29%) (7 Votes)
Taking their cues from Pantera, Black Label Society and the rest of the muscular, sludgy, beer-chugging, wife-beating Heavy Metal acts around these days, Alabama Thunderpussy (bonus points for the awesome name) burst forth with a solid disc of hard-rocking goodness for fans of that sort of thing. This is pretty formulaic stuff, and almost every song sounds the same, and none of them can be bothered to change the tempo or add some new ideas to the mix or really anything. Alabama Thunderpussy are very comfortable with their spot on the proverbial metal beach, and they don't intend to move for anyone. This will inevitably lead to boredom if you don't eat this stuff up like a homeless man would a steaming hot, deep fried beef stew, and since I don't and never plan to, I can't really appreciate this as much as others might.
The performances here are nothing to bitch about. Kyle Thomas' vocals are a rough, gritty snarl that doesn't go without reminding at least slightly of Phil Anselmo, although Thomas is more listenable than Anselmo on most of Pantera's discs. He sometimes switches it up for a deep, mid-ranged, melodic croon that works well with the slower parts on here, but mostly the vocals are rough and ready all the way. The riffs are chunky and heavy, fitting perfectly with the rest of the music, and there are a few of them that are bound to get lodged in your head like a bloodied knife in one of Michael Myers' victims. The songs tend to stay in the upper half of the "mid-paced" quota, rocking out with an enjoyable, rather laid back groove, and none of them are either standouts or truly bad. Depending on your viewpoint, this is either an album of standouts or an album of abysmal failures. This is a solid, listenable disc for fans of the "Southern biker rock Heavy Metal" genre, and although it's not on the level of Down's Nola, there isn't anything too terribly wrong with it. Recommended to those who will enjoy it; you know who you are.
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