"Hellbilly Storm" (Hepcat Records; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

What do you get when you combine the theatrics of Rob Zombie, the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols and the rockabilly sound of The Stray Cats? Well, you'd probably get something a little like Demented Are Go and their CD, "Hellbilly Storm."

Roughshod punk with perfectly grating vocals and lyrics that are appropriately wicked and twisted (i.e. "Hotrod Vampires," "Pedigree Scum," "When Death Rides a Horse"), "Hellbilly Storm" is fun to listen to once or twice but doesn't have that hook that makes you want to go back to it often. Perhaps it's that the vocals are so raw or perhaps it's that the punk is so cliche. Regardless, it's a fun album to listen to once or twice but I can't see it growing on me.

Judging from the photos included in the CD inserts, I'll bet the band's live show is awesome, though, and I can imagine these songs being performed in that kind of environment and imagine that they'd be pumped up a notch or two.

Demented Are Go: Spark - vocals; Doyley - guitar, background vocals; Strangy - bass, background vocals; Stan - guitar, background vocals.

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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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