"Room Full of Sinners" (Locomotive; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This collection of thick, crushing, mid-tempo rockers has enough jackhammer power to drive your speakers right through your concrete floor. Maybe "jackhammer" is the wrong term. Maybe "steamroller" is a little better. The fact that "Room Full of Sinners" has a sludgy, driving sound that comes this close to stoner rock isn't surprising. What's surprising is that the band is led by Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of Overkill and Dan Lorenzo of Hades, two awesomely talented musicians better known for music that's ... well, a lot faster.

"Room Full of Sinners" is a CD that's not afraid to take its time kicking your ass. Blitz's voice is most often grinding and low-pitched, almost unrecognizable as the vocalist behind Overkill. The guitars are heavy, crunchy and dangerous, pounding away most of the time and then exploding into a fiery lead at others. 

Is this an album for fans of Overkill and Hades? I don't know. I'm a fan of both bands and I love "Room Full of Sinners" but those looking for the aforementioned bands' thrashier style may be disappointed here. Fans of heavy, heavy  bands like DOWN and Corrosion of Conformity, however, will no doubt find this CD to their taste. 

The Cursed: Bobby Blitz - vocals; Dan Lorenzo - guitars; Mike Cristi - drums; Job the Raber - bass.

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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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