Black Label Society is looking over their shoulders. There is a band that is challenging them for the Southern heavy metal crown, and this band is gaining on them fast. Every day that passes sees them drawing nearer and nearer. The path they chose is years in the making. Constant songwriting, recording and gigging draw them closer and closer to the prize. Gathering legions of fans in the process the guys in 2 Days Out are within sight of the goal. Through some personnel changes they have now assembled a group that is ready to meet the challenge. With this debut disc, the band shows the power and determination that their leader Chuck has inspired in them.
There should be a stamp across the stage when these guys play that says: FOR A GOOD TIME CALL... As this album will prove, they are one of the really great party bands out there. When the first song "Higher Ground" hits you, a twitch will suddenly start in one foot. Then the twitch will grow stronger until it is the whole leg thumping in time to the music. Suddenly the neck muscles will loosen and the head starts to bob. As the guitars fuel this release of energy, the bobbing becomes intense head banging. The whole body becomes a slave to the hypnotic rock and roll. A fist starts pumping and hopefully there is no alcohol in the vicinity or there is no telling what damage might be done!
High intensity metal is 2 Days Out's forte. So much so that it is really hard to pick a favorite off this disc. If pressed on the issue there is a couple that I would have to say I keep playing over and over. "Voodoo Touched the Virgin" is a brutal piece of metal that is very hard to ignore. Building in intensity, the song almost spirals out of control with its churning guitars that seem to keep cranking it up throughout the song. This is anthem- like rock and roll at its best.
The second song I cannot seem to get out of my brain is a bit of a change of pace for these guys. It is a song written by Chuck's father Butch, who is a terrific musician in his own right. The elder Runyon, who is known as The Storyteller, spins one here that his son does a magnificent job with called "Music Mountain". This song is the true story of a brutal murder that took place back in their hometown in West Virginia. It is a very sad story but a great song!
2 Days Out is a hard working, blue collar band. They sing about the things that middle America can relate to. Even their name comes from a term that is common in the auto plants here in Michigan. It is a slang term for the weekend. This hard working band has been setting the city of Detroit, along with the rest of Michigan, on fire. Soon these flames are going to spread. Watch out America, 2 Days Out is about to explode upon the unsuspecting public with a fury that will scorch all that stand in their path.
1. Higher Ground
2. End of the Line
3. Voodoo Touched the Virgin
4. How Many Days?
6. Music Mountain
8. Go Away
9. Save Us All
10. Where the Fire Hides