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"Shell of a Man" (Infernal Racket Records)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

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After listening to this CD I can say one thing is true: Philadelphia's Superhighway Carfire is on the right label. Infernal racket is a very good description of what I heard. Not that that's a bad thing. Vocalist Scrappy, a fitting name for his style by the way, seems to regurgitate ear shattering punk screams. Imagine Henry Rollins on fire melting into Trent Reznor as the flames consume his very being. 

Musically, SHCF blasts you with sonic dread all the while maintaining what is best described as stoner fuzz. They blend several styles into a unique sound that clearly stands apart. It is a far cry from what the labels have been trying to shove down our throats, affectionately dubbed nu-metal. "Shell of a Man" is an intense uproar of riot-inducing sludge that is sure to please most fans of metal, hardcore and punk. Crossover is an understatement for this brutal soundtrack to hell. If you find yourself in the mood to get liquored up and raise a little Cain, be sure to crank up their interesting cover of "Roll out the Barrel," the closer on this must buy CD.

Superhighway Carfire: Scrappy-vocals, Randy Garvin-guitar, Mick Mullin-bass, Dan Ballinger-drums.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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