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Under-Radio: Bad Heir Ways

When Eric Zimmerman, the Bissonette brothers and Robbie Wykoff get together for a session, you can expect a powder keg of energy to explode in your ears. Well that's just what happens when the band kick off proceedings on this CD that was released earlier this year.

Heavy guitar, grinding bass and pummeling drums shatter the silence as the title track opens with a monster riff while the following track introduces the bands most powerful vocal song. Crunchy guitar riffs accompanied by doom laden vocals taunt the listener who might be expecting a soft ballad with the oddly named track, "Wedding Song" which quickly segues into a fiery heavy-metal-meets-flamenco type of track which highlights a person's tragic and miserable life as its main theme.

"1916" is a great rollicking acoustic song that has a much catchier sound and is structurally more predictable that the track that precedes it. "Build A Monument" charges along at breakneck speed while "Safety In Numbers" begins with a flurry of anxt and which morphs into one of the best tracks on the whole CD with Eric ripping the bass to pieces and your eardrums to shreds. Killer stuff!

I don't know if I need to clean the ear wax out of my Sennheisers but I do detect a bit of muddiness with some of the songs which is certainly not typical of most of the excellently produced albums we come to expect from the Lionmusic camp. Perhaps this one is an exception.

There is certainly a wide variety of styles of music on this CD, all played to perfection but with a re-playability factor that must be called into question as the songs are not that memorable, at least not to these ears. Your mileage may vary with this offering so I can only suggest a preview hearing before flashing the plastic.

Track Listings:

1. Bad Heir Ways
2. Centerpiece
3. Noel (The Christmas Truce)
4. Wedding Song
5. You Won't See The Blood Until Your Throat Has Been Cut
6. Cornerstone
7. Devil's From A Midwest Town
8. 1916
9. Build A Monument
10. Safety In Numbers

Added: November 18th 2004
Reviewer: Greg Cummins
Related Link: Band's Record Label
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Language: english

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