"Days of Fire" (At a Loss Recordings; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

What the hell is a meatjack? Well, besides sounding like it's some sort of slaughterhouse apparatus, it's also the name of a raging trio hailing from Maryland. 

Stoner rock and sludge metal combine to create "Days of Fire," a 10-track loud-as-hell rock fest that likens itself to bands like High On Fire and Mastodon. Only with "Days of Fire," Meatjack drop heavy loads of metallic riffs - such as the piledriving "Cold Fight" - in between layered lushness, as found in the dreamy "Sea of Tranquility" and the down home acoustic stomp of "Blue."

Crossing the Southern twang with Sabbath crush may seem like a risky maneuver, but Meatjack provide the musicianship and creative flow to make it all work and work quite well. If you like your stoner sludge jumbled up a bit, Meatjack might just be right up your alley. 

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"Meatjack" (Snipehunt Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Meatjack are organic noise terrorists. Meatjack scares me. Submit to Meatjack.

This four track sampler with pummel you and you'll like it. And you'll ask for more. Enough said.

Meatjack is Brian on guitar and vocals, Jason on bass and vocals, and Eric on drums.

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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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