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Assrockers - All Inputs 2003 The Living Room Records - Reviewed by EC

Track Listing
1.Loosen Up
2.Satan Built My Hotrod
3.Nymphomaniac
4.Et Tu Brute
5.24 Hours
6.Thor
Wow. What can you really say? This band is called Assrockers and they hail from the city of Washington DC. Their new EP, entitled "All Inputs" has just been released on Living Room Records. I discovered this band while researching some newer doom bands through several stoner rock links.

Assrockers play down and dirty hard rock, mixed with a good dose of doomy substance. I really don't have a problem with the music on this release, sounding pretty top notch Kiss running through the streets of 90s sleaze glam. "Loosen Up" is somewhat like Buckcherry, with "Satan Built My Hotrod (I'm not joking) pretty much continuing the same vibe. I enjoy these songs, but I like the more doom oriented tracks like "Et Tu Brute" and the Manowar themed "Thor".

This band has alot of good things going for them, but the vocalist, Bison Roughbottom, is simply terrible. He has no business holding a microphone for this band. I would love to hear a vocalist that goes over the top with this material. The vocals that exist on this record can't even be taken seriously, almost monotone in delivery with no emotion or care whatsoever.

Roughbottom, get some vocal training, or change your "gimmick". Your band is pushing out some well played hard rock thunder. Step it up a notch and join them.


--EC 11.29.03
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. 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. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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