JANUARY 28th,2012

Review By: Metal Mom

Okay, this is country, with a touch of some metal providing you with some stimulating and melodic array of very genuine tracks.

Track list:

01. Quicker Than Liquor
02. What’s Wrong With Me
03. Medication Nation
04. Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man
05. The Only Time I’m Sober Is When You’re Gone
06. Cheap Wine, Cheap Ramen
07. Down The Drain
08. Sleepless Nights and Bar Room Fights
09. Friend of the Devil
10. Ten Long Years In Texas
11. I Hate Every Bone In Your Body Except Mine
12. Take Me Away

Fiddle – JoBird
Cello – Margaret Lejeune
Lead Guitar, Electric Guitar – Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)

Engineer – Andrew Davidson
Produced/Mixed by - Alien Jourgensen (aka Buck Satan)

There are 5 deviants, one line up, and make no mistake, no pissing around here. I am sure you can gather that just by the line up:

Bass – Tony Campos (Static X)
Drum Programming, Engineer – Sammy D’Ambruoso
Lead /Electric/Acoustic Guitar/Banjo/Resonator Guitar – Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis)
Vocals/Pedal Steel Guitar/Harmonica/Banjo/Mandolin/Keyboards/Acoustic Guitar – Buck Satan (aka Al Jourgensen)

If I had a cowboy hat and boots, I would have put them on to get right in the saddle to review this CD. Now I do have to tell you, I am not a huge country fan at all, there are some old classic country musicians I will listen to, but just knowing that it was country with a touch of metal, what was I to expect. First I had to have a different hat on to listen, not my usual metal, especially since I just reviewed MINISTRY Relapse, which I totally enjoyed.

Turns out I didn’t need to. Al Jourgensen, Ministry’s founder, who some say is the elder of Industrial metal, did this as an ode to his long time country musician Buck Owens, (for those in Metal) Buck Owens was a country singer with his band “The Buckeroos”. Buck prior to his death in 2006 “blessed” Jourgensens side project, who himself also acquired 21 No.1 hits on the music charts.

This album sounds like it was probably fun to make, and you can hear Jourgensens hand in the making. I can see putting it on at a party and enjoying some good ol’country style dancing, along with some pool games, and lots of beer. Nothing better. But I know there are a lot of you out there who wont even give this a shot, as its not cool to be listening to country when you are a metalhead. But let me tell you, I think you would be surprised at what the bands themselves listen to when they are on the road. So go ahead, give it a try, you might surprise yourself.