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Eighteen Wheels Burning
Tweak'd Out, Strung Up and Redlined

Company: Meteor City
Release: 2008
Genre: Stoner
Reviewer: Strutter

  • Lack of focus and slipshod arrangements



  • Some things from Staten Island, NY are memorable: the ferry, great views of Manhattan and David Johansen. The rock/metal/jam band, Eighteen Wheels Burning, however is ...well not so much.

    One can appreciate an amalgam of musical styles but some things are not meant to be put together and "Tweak'd Out, Strung Up and Redlined" demonstrates this for ten tracks. Redlined it is, as the musical tachometer is so far to the right that all the listener gets is a piercing sound and rhythmic rpms. Granted, Eighteen Wheels Burning deserves points for energy but the lack of focus and slipshod arrangements that comes with it, leaves one at a loss.

    If this is where the stoner rock scene is headed, someone needs to turn this rig around.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Kim Thore5/5/2009


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