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Gentlemens Pistols - S/T - 2007 - Candlelight

Track Listing:
1. Just A Fraction
2. Out Of The Eye
3. Heavy Petting
4. Widow Maker
5. The Lady
6. Lying & Fooling
7. Mistress Mistrust
8. Creamy Lid
9. Vivid Wonder
10. Parking Banshee
With the international success of retro-rockers Wolfmother, the musical era of the late 60s to the early 70s was championed for the millennium generation. New entries this year from The Lizards and Gentlemens Pistols have come along to join in the joys of oldster rock. "Gentlemens Pistols" is a populist release. You really can't deny an expected mass appeal with the majority of the selections covering mid-paced, catchy grooves broken up with the breakdown speed of "Out of the Eye" and the excellent "Vivid Wonder"; and the slinky dirge of "Heavy Petting" with implicit entendres recalling Zep's "Custard Pie" and "Trampled Underfoot". There are no musical risks with GP; all of the songs are prepared for modern digestion--riff jamming opportunities that could extend on are kept leashed tight and guitar solos and fills blend in musically without pulling us away from the grounding rhythms. There are no real risks here that expand upon what's been done before. GM doesn't have the dynamic light and shade of past masters yet, but these youngsters do show that there is plenty of life left in an older style. Maybe we'll get a "Layla" or a "Stairway" out of subsequent releases.

Rating: 4

--Nailer 11.09.07

About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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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