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I'm a punk rock guru from Detroit. Part skinhead, part crusty, part metalhead, part hardcore kid, part party kid, 100% punk rocker.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Against the Grain- Surrounded By Snakes CD review



Against the Grain- Surrounded By Snakes CD review
This is modern classic rock- while paying tribute to many old bands like Black Sabbath, Motorhead, the Dead Boys, and early Metallica, they are also planted in a more modern sounding style of rock and roll, like the anthems of a stoner who just had his first pot of coffee for the day.  The tempo is often mid-tempo and occasionally slows down to a stoner rock sort of beat, and sometimes picks up to a classic thrash pace.  The best way to think of it is like a Bell curve- most of the beats are mid-tempo, with the occasional slow-down or speed-up.  The guitars have a very heavy feel to them, but more in a loud, headbanging sort of way, rather than a sludgy, powerful way that one might envision when thinking of “heavy music”.  Sounds are well-mixed, evenly balanced; it’s very slick and professional.  Lyrical content is about traditional rock and roll kind of stuff- being in a band/on the road, love of rock and roll (which has always puzzled me, but ATG is far from the first or last band to have a song about the musical genre they are playing), drinking, the end of life as we know it, the bores of daily life, etc.  Not provocative, but definitely catchy and easy to remember, which is honestly more important in rock and roll.  This record reminds me of two things:  One, the kind of rock and roll I grew up listening to as a kid and being enthralled with the enormity of it, and two, the kind of up-tempo (at least comparatively so) music that people have sloppy drunken awesome sex to.  I can see rocking out to this at a bar or at home.  A prime example of what contemporary, non-shitty rock and roll should sound like.
-Aunty Social

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