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Album Review

This side project put together by Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon, Fireball Ministry guitarist James Rota, CKY drummer Jess Margera, Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis, and second guitarist Dave Bone was initially embraced by the stoner rock community as a fun novelty when its self-released debut EP, Sign Here, Here, and Here, appeared the previous year. This full-length follow-up will make the same folks very happy, as it sounds pretty much exactly like you think it probably does. Fallon's vocals are as backwoods and high-impact as ever, the lyrics are just as pop-culturally savvy and snarky, the dual guitar leads and thunderous bass mix Thin Lizzy with biker metal, and the drums keep it all crashing forward like the bulls at Pamplona. Granted, ultimately this doesn't sound all that different from Fu Manchu's van boogie or Clutch's earlier, less bluesy/jam-bandy material, and that can make it seem inessential, but it can also mean that if you're a bearded, flannel-shirt-with-black-T-shirt-underneath kind of guy who wants some crunch in your guitars and some thumping kick drum to make you bob your head as you pour beer down your throat, this album will be exactly the boot to the base of the skull you're after. Crank it up.

Customer Reviews

It's About Time!

If you're like me, you've been waiting for this album for a long time. And you won't be disappointed. Actually, you won't be disappointed even if you're not like me, because this is a powerful, catchy, accessible slab of rock and roll that just about anybody can dig.

This is one of those albums that manages to wear its influences on its sleeve without sounding tired or formulaic. Like vocalist Neil Fallon's main project, Clutch, the Company Band offers its own unique take on a sound rooted firmly in classic hard rock. It's heavy without being heavy metal, it's bluesy without being blues; it's a sound that could have topped the charts in the 60s or 70s, but at the same time, it feels distinctly modern.

There ain't a lot I can say about the music, because the song samples speak for themselves. It's got catchy hooks that'll reach out and grab you on the first listen but, like the band's debut EP, the songs are substantial enough to bear repeated listening. And it just plain sounds great: the production is crystal clear, the guitar tone is spot on, and the vocals can punch through walls (Fallon belts it out as only he can). Lyrically, it's what you'd expect if you heard the EP, listened to Clutch, or just read the song titles: surrealist, often hilarious, and frequently centering on a business/capitalism theme (as you'll soon figure out, that's TCB's schtick).

Bottom line: this is a must-buy, sure to please fans of any kind of rock. Essentially, it's rock and roll by the numbers...without sounding like rock and roll by the numbers. If that description doesn't make any sense to you, check out the album and you'll see what I mean. This is an album for metalheads, indie rockers, and everybody in between. Nothing groundbreaking, just a damn good time.

No Brainer

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worth the wait

ridiculously good

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