"Pub Wolves of London" (Self-released; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Seldom does a two-track demo score three guitarsaws or more (it's long been our policy that you can't tell a lot from a band with only two tracks), but Killers By Trade and their "Pub Wolves of London" are the exception.

The two tracks here are an original tune ("Loup Garou") and a cover of the classic Warren Zevon song, "Werewolves of London." "Loup Garou" is a solid number with roaring guitars and a driving pace. The only complaint about this track is that the production is a little loose and the vocals get lost in the mix. "Werewolves of London" gives a whole new spin to Zevon's most famous song, delivering walls of chunky guitar and a nearly stoner rock pace that's nothing short of devastating. Although I miss the "ah-oooo" of the original song here, the pounding guitar chords almost make up for it.

As with any two or three track demo, one has to wonder whether Killers by Trade can hold up throughout a full-length CD. Based on what I hear on "Pub Wolves of London," however, I'm anxious to find out.

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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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