"Squalor Town" (Self-released; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The NYC trio Mad Hampster take its gas-huffing riffs of rage out of the smoky garage and onto this ten track disc entitled "Squalor Town." With a sound comparable to Fireball Ministry meets Fu Manchu at a Burning Brides show, the slacker shuffle of "Shoe Box" or the syrupy stoner rock-y "Top Erom Ekoms" (read it backwards) are only a few of the tasty selections on this band's menu, which bounces from minimalist garage rock to crossover So Cal punk to full-on rawk with relative ease. 

So go ahead, get a load on, and get your rocks off with Mad Hampster. 

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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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