So, yea I can go on about this topic. I like talking about good records and I like keeping the torch carried for quality pieces of artwork in the music and film realm. I used to get shit for it, but I mean, why? So fucking what, if I was a nosy narcissist I would give others a hard time for things I find annoying, I don’t find that to be fun. So, here is another slab of one album releases I recommend.
Valume Nob – Residue and Bones (2005, New Orleans Distortion Club) I know they released an EP called The Most High in 2004, but I figure it’s the sole full length ever made by them. Formed in 2003 with drummer Sid Montz of Crowbar, vocalist Mark Brignac AKA Marshall Black of Graveyard Rodeo, guitarist Frey Theiler of Superjoint Ritual/Black Label Society and joining in on bass, the mighty Kirk Windstein of the also mighty Crowbar! Def a raw yet high quality sound produced by Warren Riker who helped make Down and Michael Jackson album. Valume Nob resembles a more classic hardcore meets thrash sound with the sludgy guitar tone settings and low tunings. I was lucky to purchase this before they disbanded.
Fleshold – Pathetic (1995, Massacre) An obscure band I stumbled on while borrowing an Huh music sampler. The whole album is decent and has influences of Death with a sorta Crowbar guitar tone. I really dig the start and stop riffs that kinda hook me in. The drums even do a lot of crazy time signatures. The vocals are decent if you like old school death metal, but the guitars and arrangements overall are what I really identify as the meat and potatoes.
The Company Band – The Company Band (2009, Weathermaker) A stoner rock super group with vocalist Neil Fallon of Clutch, guitarist James Rota of Fireball Ministry, bassist Brad Davis of Fu Manchu and Jess Margera of CKY/Viking Skull. The Company band released 2 EP’s and one album. Who knows when we will see another release due to all members being very busy. The material is similar to the riffs of FBM and Neil’s signature vocalsbut his lyrics are more serious and less gonzo than his Clutch moments. Definitely not a cash grab and definitely something for the collection.
Slo Burn – Amusing the Amazing (1997, Malicious Vinyl) John Garcia’s first post Kyuss outfit releasing an EP and a full length demo in 1996. Even though not technically releasing a full length album, I decided it needs light shined on it, fuck it! Slo Burn played Ozzfest and had reunions here and there. Similar to the Kyuss style and potential for stardom, Slo Burn should have put out more material.
Unida – Coping with the Urban Coyote (1999, Man’s Ruin) John Garcia’s 2nd post Kyuss band. With one full album being released, even though another album was recorded, shelved and released unofficially by the band. This band also appeared on compilations and split EPs as well. Palm Desert Rock has it’s own unique style that is highly 70’s influenced with a guerilla style when it started as generator shows in the 80’s while arena LA bands were in the mainstream.
Probot – Probot (2004, Southern Lord) Mainly known for playing in huge acts like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and so much more, Dave Grohl never forgot about his underground past. He seems like a genuine fella, using his fame to help his influences get more recognition with this particular project. I really was hoping a sequel to this woulda happened, it was a maybe at one time. Anyway this album has a different vocalist on each track with Dave Grohl handling most of the instruments with a few notable guest players. The vocal roster features Lemmy of Motorhead, Mike Dean of Corrosion Of Conformity, Wino of The Obsessed (etc), King Diamond, Eric Wagner of Trouble and plenty more, even Jack Black on the hidden track! Each song seems to compliment each vocalist but has mostly a doom guitar tone for it’s signature sound.
Bad4Good – Refugee (1992, Interscope) A group of talented teens playing a more LA metal style metal or rock, formed by Steve Vai who took them under his wing. The band was fronted by musician/actor Danny Cooksey (Terminator 2, Diff’rent Strokes, Salute your Shorts) with guitarist Thomas McRocklin, bassist Zack Young and drummer Brooks Wackerman (A7X/Bad Religion). The band toured with Damn Yankees and disbanded in 1993. The album features guest vocals by Salute Your Shorts cast mates Michael Bower and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley). The songwriting and performances are pretty great, especially for their ages at the time. I remember owning a vhs with their performances, but misplaced it ugh. The cd long out of print and I am glad to obtain a copy still.
The AK Corral – A Different Brand of Country (2004, Stillwest) Eric AK of Arizona’s Flotsam and Jetsam wanted to bring the southwest influence out even more than what Flotsam was doing in the mid 90’s to the mid 2000’s. Features Flotsam guitarist Mark Simpson and guest guitar by Sepultura‘s Andreas Kisser. Released by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed‘s label Stillborn (under Stillwest for this release only) and performing live shows in the Phoenix area. The AK Corral brings old school outlaw vibes with fiddles and banjos to compliment the guitar and slides. The lyrics are tasteful for most, not like DAC or Hank III’s more foul mouthed rebel front.
Rebel Meets Rebel – Rebel Meets Rebel (2006, Big Vin Records) Originally the band was called David Allan Coe and the Cowboys from Hell, as mentioned in magazines back in the late 90’s when the album was being assembled. It was recorded from 1999-2003 with 3 members of Pantera. The lineup was David Allan Coe on vocals, Dimebag on guitar, backing vocals, Vinnie Paul on drums and Rex Brown on bass. If you like what they do plus the influences of a heavy ZZ Top this might be for you, and of course the tequila and whiskey. Hank III chimes in on a track and some songs feature fiddle playing as well. Getcha Pull!
Damageplan – New Found Power (2004, Elektra) After the demise of Pantera in 2003, the 2 brothers Dimebag and Vinnie decide to move forward, recruiting Halford/Diesel Machine guitarist Pat Lachman on vocals. I am not a big listener of this album as I was when it came out due to music taste changes. It has a lot of nu metal influences, but still obtains the thrash and groove metal that Pantera was known for. Zakk Wylde and Jerry Cantrell even make cameos on the album. Sadly, Dimebag was murdered during the tour for the album causing immediate break up. There are shelved recordings of what was to be a 2nd release, perhaps an EP worth of material, let’s hope so.
Diesel Machine – Torture Test (2000, SPV) Sorta sludge meets industrial nu metal for the album after having lineup and style changes previously. Some members joined other well known nu metal bands and of course the guitarist Pat Lachman joined Halford and sang for Damageplan like mentioned. I gave it a listen a year or so back and realized I outgrew it, but enjoyed the sludgy guitar tone it carried, for fans of Fear Factory, perhaps. It’s something to be in the mood for, that’s for sure.
Holy Rage – Holy Rage (2010, Z Rock) I reviewed Al Atkins before, but this album goes here, too! Judas Priest diehards will know his name, same goes with underground metallers in general. But as a solo artist Atkins carries his own and does it well. Holy Rage is a different band that also has the classic power metal arrangements with more traditional rock vocals. It makes me think of what JP would sound like if Atkins stayed in the band, kinda. The production is really clean and has a good thrash/groove guitar attack by Chris Johnson. This cd I was lucky to purchase from the man himself before they went out of stock. You might be able to find the digital format online. I hope one day the US distributors would release this along with his other back catalog.