"Tripping Horse" (Self-produced; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

On their self-titled CD, Austrian rockers Tripping Horse use a big guitar sound and a terrific combination of haunting and hearty vocals to create a modern sound that embraces and enhances the classic hard rock sound to become something more.

As "Why" begins the CD (after the unnecessary and, upon repeated listenings, annoying spoken word intro), one might hear the influence of bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters. But as the CD progresses, the number of influences grows at an astonishing rate until, as the CD ends, you've heard hints of everybody from Metallica to Tom Petty to Andrew W.K.

Rest assured, however, that you've only heard hints of those bands. Tripping Horse has a unique sound all of their own, with only minor tastes and glimmers of the bands listed above (and many others). It's as though the band has absorbed the best of those other bands and brewed them into their own sound called Tripping Horse.

The best tracks here are "Why," "Cocaine," "Mayday" and "La Pistola."

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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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