"Whiteknuckle" (Ettno Roc; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

No holds barred hard rock with a whiskey chaser is what seasoned NYC unit Urbansnake serve up on their 11-track disc "Whiteknuckle."

Combining a discernibly dark rock feel akin to Godsmack and Alice in Chains with the NYC power rock feel championed by the ghosts of bands like Circus of Power and Warrior Soul, this quintet throws down concrete slabs riffs with high octane driving rhythms on cuts like "Orphan" and the infectious "Alive and Lonely," while the sinister grooves found in tracks like "Blow Shit Up" and "Bulldozer" showcase the group's uncanny knack for melding melody and fury.

Fortified with a bevy of heavy hooks and stocked with the hard rock histrionics of bands like Soundgarden and STP fueled by the classic metal of Judas Priest and Motorhead, Urbansnake's fist-pumping refrains and super tight rhythms make for a pedal to the metal listening experience that those longing for the days of unfettered heavy music.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/urbansnake.

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.


Back to CD Reviews Home

Back to RoughEdge.com Home

Copyright 2008 by R. Scott Bolton. All rights reserved.
Revised: 03 Jan 2021 15:15:09 -0500 .