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"Flesh Caffeine" (Tang Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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John Christ spent a lot of time slinging guitars for Glenn Danzig before recording this solo CD. After listening to the virtual one-man show that is "Flesh Caffeine," however, one can only wonder why Christ didn't break out solo earlier.

"Flesh Caffeine" is balls-out, guitar driven rock'n'roll bolstered by exceptional song-writing and a clear concept of what the artist had in mind. "Flesh Caffeine" isn't as dark as most of the Danzig material Christ played on, but it's just as strong and as vital - if not more so.

There are some fascinating comparisons to be made here. The title track sounds a little like Armored Saint, while the second tune, "Tell Me Why," could have come off of an Alice Cooper CD. "Stop the World," the third track, and "I'm Gone," the fourth, both have a Black Sabbath, stoner-rock buzz with the latter showcasing particularly impressive vocal work from Christ. 

Without going through the entire tracklisting here, it's safe to say that every track on "Flesh Caffeine" is strong. Some tracks are slow-tempoed, others fast - but they all have serious edge and are compellingly written. Christ's lyrics, too, are thoughtful and sometimes even philosophical.

On second thought, back to the track-listing. Just thought I would also mention the near pop-rock "I Heard What You Said" and the very bluesy "Slow Down." And "Shadows," a slower, gentler tune, features still more impressive guitar work. The final track, "Cancer," is an strange, eerie track occasionally broken by quiet maniacal laughter.

All in all, "Flesh Caffeine" is a hell of an effort. John Christ has stepped out from behind the imposing figure of Glenn Danzig and made quite an impression all his own.

"Flesh Caffeine" was written and produced by John Christ.

Stefan Svensson played drums and percussion while Christ provided vocals, guitars, B3 organ, keyboards. Female vocals are by Melony Currier and with John Karpowich providing additional vocals and post production.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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