"The Evil Powers of Rock'n'Roll" (Koch; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The Supersuckers' nearly perfect blend of punk and metal draws you into its aural spell from the moment the CD begins. It's all chunky guitar and punky rhythms, heavily laden with attitude and aggressive drive. Add to that combination some sizzling lead guitar and an overall charisma that enhances each and every tune, and you've got a winner. "The Evil Powers of Rock'n'Roll" is one of those records that makes you wonder why you haven't paid more attention to a band, and head out to the local used CD store to dig up the rest of their releases.

Many of the songs on this 13-track CD also have a retro sound to them. Much like the Ramones used to accomplish, Supersuckers give some of their music an added dimension by reaching far back into their rock roots and then layering that sound with a modern punk drive. It truly says something when a band can release a CD containing 13 tracks that race by at a short 35:10 without an ounce of filler anywhere. There isn't a bland moment to be found anywhere on "The Evil Powers of Rock'n'Roll." Like few other albums of its type, the only complaint with this CD is that it barely runs over half an hour.

Supersuckers are a band I've heard of and listened to but never really focused on. Until now. You keep browsing here at Me, I'm going over to eBay and see what Supersuckers CDs I can find at auction.

Supersuckers: Eddie Spaghetti - vocals, bass; Dan "Thunder" Bolton - guitar; Rontrose Heathman - guitar; Dancing Eagle - drums & cymbals.

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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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