City Slang: Weekly music review roundup
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Luder’s Adelphophagia (Small Stone) was always going to be interesting; in fact, it’s a thrilling album that both picks up where the previous full lengther left off and continues the journey, or evolution, into dark and murky waters. The four musicians of Luder are all accomplished individuals, but together they seem to manage to pull every ounce of misery and pain, resulting in songs that, while not without hope, pull at every heart string. The sound would sit comfortably in the late ’80s/early ’90s, yet Luder doesn’t sound in the least bit dated. There are no filler tracks here, though the cover of Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” is a real treat, Sue Lott’s voice offering another dimension to the Earthling-era gem.
Sasquatch’s IV (Small Stone) kicks off with the line, “If it makes you feel any better, the love I have for you is almost gone.” So the statement is made – we’re pissed and you’re gonna hear about it. The riffs are immense, but so are the hooks. Sasquatch are lumped in with every other stoner rock band in the country, but this is a hard rock album, pure and simple. It just so happens that this rock is very, very hard.
Axe Ripper is the subject of City Slang in the Halloween issue of the Metro Times this week (10/23), and the Welcome to Detroit Destruction album reveals exactly why. This group of headbangin’ oiks play the sort of hardcore-influenced thrash metal that gave Anthrax their start, or would made S.O.D. proud to this day. The art is wonderful (just take a look) and the tunes, while primitive and simplistic, are gloriously primal and tremendous fun.
I have to be honest, I was expecting nothing from the bandPachay, but in fact the Revenge Served Hot album sees the group indulge in a sweet combo of electro-rock, R&B and club-dance. I know, I know, that blend could easily go wrong but these guys balance it all so beautifully, plus the songs are incredibly strong and they pick their samples carefully (Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” etc).