"Meson Ray" (Mojo Records; 1999)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Mojo Records has a winner with the The Ernies (what a great name for a band!) and their release, "Meson Rey." This band combines heavy metal, rap and jazz -  with the emphasis on the metal - for a highly unusual sound that is explosive and most infectious. 

It took me a few spins to get into the groove, but now I am really into this band. The music is energetic, loud and full of life. The words are deep and loaded with thoughtful messages throughout. The band is tight and likes to play and it shows in a big way. The saxophones of Hayes Smith give the band a strange, funky sound that is kind of cool. 

I can just bet these dudes put on one bitchin' live show. Hey, guys, when you're in L.A. give us a call!

THE ERNIES: Will Hummel - lead vocals, guitar; Matt Goves - drums, percussion; Hayes Smith - saxophones, backing vocals; Mike Hughes - bass, backing vocals; Chris Bondi - turntables, theremin.

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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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