CASTERO

"Consequence of Thoughts" (Self-released; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Catero's "Consequence of Thoughts" is very rough and very riff heavy. It has a stoner/groove vibe and a vocalist who is inconsistent but is on more often than off.

My biggest problem is track three, “Low Down,” which blatantly rips off riffs from ZZ Top’s “Tush,” so much so that at first you think you’re listening to a ZZ Top cover song. But nowhere on the CD do I see any nod to ZZ Top. It’s a little disconcerting.

The rest of the album delivers, for the most part, but would be even better with more polished production and a more even performance from Johnny Mac. Then again, this may be more of a production problem than a singer problem since the vocals are considerably better when they’re more growling than when they’re more Ozzy-like

Regardless, "Consequence of Thought" improves dramatically as the album goes on, sounding at times almost like Black label Society. And that's not a bad thing by any means.

Production-wise, the CD often sounds more like a demo than a studio album. And that’s okay, it’s rock’n’roll, it doesn’t have to have a big budget.

Castero: Johnny Mac - Guitar/Vox; Bob "Mog" Morgan - Bass; Spanner - Drums & Madness; Richie Don - Guitar.

For more information, check out http://www.castero.net.

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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