"Smoke and Mirrors" (Small Stone; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The Southern fried stoner rock of Texas trio Dixie Witch packs quite a punch as shown on the band's fierce 11-track foray. 

Laden with huge rock hooks that sound as if they came from a 1977 Ted Nugent tour (complete with a plethora of guitar trickery, deep bass grooving, and scathing skin bashing) songs like the supercharged "S.O.L." and the wailing guitar stomp of "What You Want" contain just as much rock shuffle as they do country twang and metallic doom. 

"Bridges" sounds like Lynyrd Skynyrd jamming with Wino while the album's closer, called "Last Call" appropriately enough, merge all of the band's eclectic styles into a potent potpourri of psychedelic blues and jam rock brilliance. 

Laying down the finest stoner rock with a side order of Southern blues, "Smoke and Mirrors" satisfies the ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn cravings in addition to picking up where Nebula leaves off. 

For more information, check out http://www.dixiewitch.com

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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