Monday, July 18, 2011




UK's Grifter have previously released a pair as EPs and a demo, but now we get to check out what they can do with a full length effort. Opener "Good day for bad news" is a southern-fried sounding thumper wrapped around a laid back groove. After that the gems just keep coming. "Alabama Hotpocket" is just dripping with fuzzed out glory. "Asshole parade" has some basic but monstrous drop beats guiding the march on this instantly likable track. After that we get even more tracks that hit like sledgehammers. Grifter are masters of getting a lot out of simple riffs and rhythms. They obviously realized that a little is enough if you have enough soul and know to maintain control. They tap into what really makes fuzzed out stoner rock move and that's just focusing on a riff and building from there. Nothing face, but they sure make it sound good and suck you in for the ride. The only track I couldn't get into was "Bean". It was okay, but didn't quite have the sparks that the other songs possessed. This is definitely one of those albums that you want to have ready to play when you get out of work or school or wherever and just crank it up and sit back and enjoy.

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Cool, I just got this in from the Ripple guys with Iron Claw and I really dug Iron Claw, so this'll be on the mandatory pile.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Ray-Iron Claw is better, but both are very good.

5:46 AM  

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