"Spine for the Snapback" (Sin Klub; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

With "Spine for the Snapback," the PB Army explores a myriad for different but closely related sounds on "Spine for the Snapback," including stoner, punk, hardcore and even something that comes close to math metal for good measure.

The variety and the combining of varying genres in certain songs may turn some listeners off, as much of "Spine for the Snapback" seems almost experimental. Track 9, "The Five Nines," opens with an irresistible lick and then rolls into an almost robotic chorus. "Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight" brings to mind Dillinger Escape Plan while "A Temporary Absence" almost sounds like Pearl Jam alternative. "Ate a Lie" is packed with punk snarl attitude.

There are plenty of more straight-forward rockers here as well, including the opening track, "Trouble in the Woodshed," "A Hole in the New Leaf" and "Viva Los Alamos."

"Boring" is one thing you can't call "Spine for the Snapback." The various rhythms, tempos and styles will hold your interest throughout. 

The PB Army: Micah Shimborske , Mahlon Orrin, Keith Bergman.

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"Inebriates, Equivocators and Mockers of the Devil Himself" (Sin Klub; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

This latest release from the rocking Ohio trio may have one of the longest titles for a non-hardcore release this year. What this group is also long on is kicking your ass.

The PB Army's songs are simple enough in a punk rock kind of way, yet they contain those left-of-center grooves like Clutch, making their sound fit somewhere between Suicidal Tendencies and Fu Manchu. Stoner punk? Maybe.

The PB Army mix dirty rhythms with memorable hooks, making their sound easily accessible, yet a bit dangerous since the lyrical content seems a bit too raunchy for your kid brother to be singing on the school bus. 

Somewhere between hick and hip, The PB Army have mixed punk, stoner, and good old rock'n'roll into a blender, creating a tasty cocktail suitable for both the underground and the mainstream rock fan. 

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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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