"Jagged Regrets" (Self-released; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Erie, PA trio Sacred 13 unleash a slab of ferocious hard rock brimming with attitude on their 13-track offering "Jagged Regrets."

Double barrel guitar riffs lead this squad’s Godsmack meets Randy Rhoads-era feel of “Inferno” while a bottle of whiskey and some Hellyeah seem to be the most influential forces behind “Tomorrow.”

Despite a spotty production and slightly contrived songwriting, the pounding rhythms, gravel-throated vocals and Zakk Wylde-esque contagious riffs (“Don’t Be Afraid,” “I Don’t Care”) are a bit derivative but hit the nail on the head, exhibiting this unit’s uncanny knack to crank like nobody’s business when trying not to be commercial radio darlings a la Shinedown or Nickelback (“Lifeless”).

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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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