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Dead Rabbits: Sin-Eater

Formed in 2000 by Mike Maney, formerly of the Troy, New York based hardcore band Stigmata, Dead Rabbits offer up an exciting blend of stoner/doom metal and Southern Rock. Think Black Label Society mixed with Corrosion of Conformity and a little Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot thrown in for good measure. Sin-Eater is the bands debut, and honestly, this is some real solid stuff here, bristling with metal power yet containing some emotional Southern fried blues undercurrents. All of these elements come to the forefront on a song like "Sleep", a moody track filled with lumbering power chords, scorching guitar solos, progressive and atmospheric passages, and plenty of bluesy swagger. The attitude and crunch of Black Label Society is all over this CD, evident in songs like "Away From the Sun", "No One Else to Blame", and "Open Season", but it's the New Orleans styled stomp of 'Trust", "Fly On", "Miles Away", and especially "Neurotic Fanatic', that shows the CoC edge that this New York ensemble can produce.

If you like more of the Southern Rock influence, check out their take on the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Fortunate Son", and the bluesy crunch of "Untitled". Henrix fans will dig their renditions of "Manic Depression" and "Little Wing" , each which lets Maney and Jason Sunkes strut there stuff on the guitar. For pure Sabbath inspired crunch, check out "Paegen Love Song", a tune with will appeal to fans of Crowbar and Down. Overall, this is a very impressive debut from Dead Rabbits, and I'm sure stoner/doom fans will hear much more from the band in the very near future. Check it out.

Track Listing
1) Open Season
2) Trust
3) Once Upon a Cross
4) Till I Die
5) Miles Away
6) Sleep
7) Away From the Sun
8) Neurotic Fanatic
9) Manic Depression
10) Fly On
11) Untitled
12) Day By Day
13) No One Else to Blame
14) Dead Rabbit Space
15) Fortunate Son
16) Paegen Love Song
17) Little Wing

Added: December 29th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Overit Records
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Dead Rabbits: Sin-Eater
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-12-29 12:10:41
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What happens when you take a Hardcore guitar player and take away the speed of what he normally does? You get this project, which is called of all things...Dead Rabbits. Is this the dumbest name ever you say? Well quite possibly. Dead Rabbits is the name of the band put together by Albany, NY guitarist, Mike Maney of the area band Stigmata. Hmm..couldn't come up with a better name? Let the jokes begin.

Dead Rabbits' release is called Sin-eater and at best is an obvious rip off cross between Corrosion Of Conformity and Ozzy era early Sabbath, all without any of the talent used to make up both of these mighty bands. Dead Rabbits lack any sense of self or for that matter a new idea of an already done to death concept. The production of this CD sounds like it is completely under water, while the lackluster performances would never save a, drowning rabbit (pun was intentional!). Even if there were any songs that would have been made better due to better production, they are not on this record.

There is nothing about this CD that is worth listening to. From the total COC, Sabbath & BLS rip off riffs, to the terrible vocals that sound like they were done while watching TV, Dead Rabbits are just that, dead in the water. If you must, check out "Away From The Sun". I can just see Zakk Wylde going to Albany to throw down a beating for using his riff, pinch harmonics and wah wah fueled solo! Dead Rabbits are a "local band" at best, which equals, unentertaining, sub par songwriting and musicianship. They even attempt 2 Hendrix cover songs, if you can imagine that!

Now get this, Dead Rabbits have a song on this CD called "Fly On". For any Zakk Wylde fan, you will instantly recognize this song as a complete and TOTAL rip off of the Zakk, pre Black Label Society project, Pride & Glory song "Shine On". Their version even has the Zakk, Gregg Allman drawl of a vocal. I have never heard anyone attempt to pass off a song with different lyrics and the SAME music and melody lines. Mike Maney should be ashamed of himself for even thinking of attempting to pull this off. It is not like his song "Fly On" is ANY different at all from the Pride & Glory version. As a music fan and Zakk Wylde fan, I am appalled. This just shows how much of a local band this Dead Rabbits band actually is. For anyone debating what I have just accused Dead Rabbits of, grab the Pride & Glory CD, "Shine On" is track #3!!!

Don't even get me started on the Pepper Keenan/COC thievery!

Being a bad band is one thing, and plagiarizing is another...

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