Intravenous Polish Brewtality
When I reviewed EP Appetite for Booze, I thought it sounded more like COC, and now I think it sounds more BLS. That’s not a huge shift, exactly, but who would want it to be? The opening riff of “River of Booze” is solid Zakk Wylde-esque material. “The Morning After” (which has an excellent BLS riff) also makes use of a trick Wylde often does on the whammy bar (hey, I’m no guitarist, but I’m pretty sure that’s how it’s done). These guys are strong, determined, merciless, forever.
It’s not exactly a turn-of-the-millenium BLS album. The acoustic “Moonshine Healing” would fit perfectly on Sonic Brew, but the guitar effect from “Mould” is something COC used. That’s a key difference! Not really. Hey, they did use an organ on “Engines of Eternity.” But judging by the lyrics I picked up, even they are almost a caricature of Wylde’s own alcohol-obsessed words.
The playing is (as you might expect) not nearly on the same level as early BLS, manifesting in a severe shortage of pinch harmonics and shred. And while there are some extremely solid riffs here, a few of them venture into the more milquetoast later (post-Hellride) style. But really, after a few brews it doesn’t matter, and we’re all along for the fun.
The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars