"Sudden Departure of Vultures" (Uprising; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Menacing punk rock in the vein of Black Flag with a hearty shot of garage rock immediacy is served up by The American Black Lung, the Arizona-based quintet whose sophomore effort, "Sudden Departure of Vultures," contains nine tracks of adrenaline-fueled rawk. 

From the fist-pumping, four-on-the-floor feel of "Werewolves by Night" to the merry-go-round rhythm found on "The Skyline Herself is Alive," tracks like "Behold the Mighty Galactus" and "Call Me Animal" explode with no frills aggression and the kind of rock'n'roll spirit few can muster. 

If you enjoy The Bronx, Every Time I Die, or anything hard, fast, and loud, buy this one and crank it up to 11.

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"...And They Rode Their Weapons into War" (Burning House; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Nice name for a band, eh? 

Punk angst and hard rock muscle dueling in a knife fight is what you'll hear on this howling 10-track endeavor. Sounding at times like a cross between The Bronx and Every Time I Die, tracks like "Graduation Day" and "Doc Bollywood" are heavy on the screams and screeching guitars, while "Werewolves by Night" and "It Don't Rain Much 'Round Here" share as much in common with The Who as they do Hot Water Music. 

For a raucous garage rock by way of American hardcore tour de force, this Tucson, AZ quintet brings it without remorse.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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