"Pass Me the Butter" (Self-released; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

When I first received "Pass Me the Butter" by Futants, it seemed kind of exciting. I'm a fan of horror rock and the cover, depicting zombies devouring their victims in a comic book style, intrigued me. I was hoping for some good, old-fashioned, fun horror rock. Man, was I off.

What I got instead was a plodding, dull CD that shows occasional sparks but never enough to pull it out of the doldrums. Most of the time I spent looking down a the CD player thinking, "Really? Has only one more track played? It feels like I've been listening for an hour." And it's not like the tracks are long, it's just that they're deadly boring. They have no pace, they aren't very creative, you just want them to be over so you can move onto the next one, hoping all the while it's better. And then it's not!  As I said, there are sparks of creativity here but they don't happen often enough.

Maybe this is just too weird for me. Maybe the artwork set me in the wrong mood for what the band had in mind. Maybe I just needed some caffeine. Regardless, I can't recommend "Pass Me the Butter" to anyone unless you're looking for some rock to help you get to sleep at night. And this "horror rock" won't even give you nightmares.

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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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