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cre8ivedave ,

Gorilla marks their territory

The Gorilla of “Cult Classics” is definitely not the same as the other shown on iTunes. Just check out the driving “Severed Head” and it is immediately apparent that this Gorilla revels in the juxtaposition of different styles and meters and pulls it off with a knowing smirk. Upon listening to the full song, “Severed Head” showcases styles ranging from a mocking country two-beat, to odd-meter metal, and even a satirical nod to reggae in the coda. The band work is tight, with bass, drums and guitar laying down some nasty grooves in every cut. Although averse to traditional 4/4 time, the occasional straight groove is laced with sick syncopation that borders on infectious. “Beer Goggles” infuses more of a funk attitude while again displaying the band’s affinity toward a fast country two-beat within the metal context. The guitar solo conveys a frantic, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants feeling in the first half, but spreads out and breathes in the second half, showing control and restraint. Other must-haves in this collection are “Silver-Haired Monkey” and “Rain On Your Parade”. SHM takes the odd meter to the extreme, primarily in 7/8 but with other difficult to measure tags here and there to further complicate foot-tapping. It settles into a deep in the pocket groove for the verses, then double time for the chorus. Although the solo smokes, check out the complex groove being laid down by the rhythm section underneath the solo: it’s as greasy and tasty as a cheap pepperoni pizza! Players will appreciate the musicianship. “Rain On Your Parade” is a demonstration of extremes and could be characterized as “Bassinet to the Bayonet” schizophrenia. Going back and forth from gentle acoustic tones to thrash metal is enough to give musical whiplash and keeps the listener on their toes. The 3/4 settled down groove of the chorus is enough to make you chuckle for sure. The guitar solo effectively harnesses the bi-polar intent of the song, going from mellow acoustic shades to a crazed pinball machine of notes. “Happy Mother’s Day” is a gruesome tale of justice being served on an appropriate holiday, while “No More Glory” speaks of hate crimes and the evil in those around us, perhaps even in ourselves. Both have an angry, slow groove that drive hard.
Overall, “Cult Classics” delivers on musicianship and twisted songwriting, but lacks the strong vocals needed to give it a knock out punch. According to the biography on cdbaby, the same person did the guitar, bass and vocals, so a remix with a better vocalist could really take this to the next level. “Severed Head”, “Beer Goggles”, and “Silver-Haired Monkey” are all worth the price of admission, with the other three being more of an acquired taste. Definitely a creative and passionate venture that musicians should appreciate.