"Drug City" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

I remember as a teenager being careful with the volume level on my stereo as I listened to something like Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf." I was afraid my mom would freak if she caught me listening to it. My mother was one of those people that thought the lyrics of rock music would lead to no good and I would be on the downward spiral to some sort of hell.

Maybe Mom was right, but bands are still singing about the same topics that they have been combing through for the last few decades. Obviously, this band isn't shy about their topics as the moniker and album title broadcast that this will be ode to drugs. It's all fun though, as Mighty High take us on a spirited ride through their hazy, smoke-filled little world.

"Drug City" reminds me of mid-late 1980s crossover similar to post 1986 Gang Green mixed with some early 70s classic rock. I think the cover and band name had me expecting them to be more like stoner rock but, instead of laying back and taking it slow, they plow forth with a relentless assault.

This band forgoes any gloss as they carve out jagged chunks of music mixing in metal, punk and more. It's an enjoyable romp because Mighty High never get bogged down in trying to do or be too much. They have an agenda and they get in and get out while giving just enough to have us hooked.

Not an album that I could listen to all the time because it's nothing new, but it's a fine effort that I could certainly play on occasion.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/mightyhigh.

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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