"Thunder Boogie" (Traktor7; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Lamont's "Thunder Boogie" couldn't be more aptly titled. This crushing nine track CD (ten, if you count the hidden bonus track) features some of the crunchiest, most devastating guitar you're likely to find anywhere yet the music's Southern-twinged sound never boils over into extreme territory. Fans of stoner rock, particularly bands like Raging Slab, will like "Thunder Boogie" immediately.

Although the CD has much to recommend, I can't mention enough how awesome the guitars sound here. They're huge, they're fuzzy, they're boogie-fied, they fill your speakers with Fender static fury. This is a 100% guitar-driven album and the band and producer Andrew Schneider have done a fantastic job of capturing that sound. And it only gets better the louder you turn it up.

Southern Rock is the most obvious influence here although hints of punk sneak in here and there, especially in the vocals which are raw and whiskey-soaked. The songwriting style leans more toward classic rock but the guitars and vocal style give it a little twist.

And I have to mention the cover art. On the front is a gun-toting redneck type with an angry junkyard dog snarling at his heels. Inside are the three band members, all apparently murdered by the guy on the cover. Pretty funny stuff.

A great album to play while driving around in your pick up, "Thunder Boogie" may not be fresh and original but who the hell cares? It rocks its ass off!

Lamont: Mike Cosgrove - bass, backing vocals, organ; Pete Knipfing - guitar, lead vocals; Todd Bowman - drums, percussion, backing 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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