"The Bronze" (Independent; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

You won't find rock'n'roll much heavier than you'll find on this self-titled release by The Bronze. With guitar riffs as thick and raunchy as old motor oil and explosive production that tests the limits of your stereo speakers, this CD is sludgy,  bottom-heavy fun.

Although The Bronze deliver that fuzzy guitar sound that now goes hand-in-hand with stoner rock, I'm not sure I'd classify their music as being in that genre.  Instead, it reminds me more of that classic Neil Young tune, "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World." It's a solid wall of sound that demands your full, undivided attention. Still, stoner fans will probably find The Bronze to their liking. 

No diss to vocalist Craig Mueller (whose voice is the perfect balance between raspy and clean), my favorite track on the CD is the last one, "Chromoly," a powerfully simple instrumental that moves along like a freight train.

Eventually, everything on "The Bronze" sounds the same but - if you're into this kind of music - that won't matter. What matters is that The Bronze is heavy enough to knock the stucco off your walls. 

The Bronze: Tom Dower - guitar; Craig Mueller - guitar, vocals; Scotty Jernigan - drums. 

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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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