Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Things are starting to look up for one of America's best rock acts. The band signed with longtime Guns 'N Roses manager Doug Goldstein as one of the first acts for his new company--When Pigs Fly Entertainment. Neanderthal is the band's first recording as a four piece, adding an additional guitar player in Vinnie Salvatore. Thus far, based on the band's blue-collar work ethic, the band have opened for Tesla on their 2014 nationwide tour. The new album continues the bare bones approach the band has utilized for six albums, that loud 'n proud bar-room bravado that made Ted Nugent, AC/DC and Nazareth so entertaining. "Carnivore" is the perfect opener with vocalist Michael Hannon’s characteristic low register party-themed lyrics. "Who’s She Killing" is damn near perfect with a harmonized vocals and key changes that swing the song up-tempo. "We Aint Gonna Get Drunk Tonight" is a quirky tale that kicks into gear midway. "Devil Inside" reminds me of Alice Cooper circa 1971 ('Love It to Death’ specifically) while "Dog Eat Dog" is rawer punk that is reminiscent of the last album, 'Poison Smile’. The band continue to be my "go to" for US hard rock with 'Neanderthal’ arguably the band’s best. Nice artwork courtesy of Frank Frazetta.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.