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The Atomic Bitchwax - 3 - Meteor City - 2005

Track Listing
1. The Destroyer
2. You Oughta Know
3. You Can't Win
4. Dark Chi
5. Maybe I'm a Leo
6. Force Filed
7. Going Guido
8. The Passenger
9. If I had a Gun
10. Half as Much
Hook-laden stoner rock made it big a couple years back with the mega-hit "No One Knows" from Queens of the Stone Age, but this style hasn't had anybody step up to take over the reigns and lead it back onto the charts.

The Atomic Bitchwax has a decent set of jamming numbers guaranteed to stick in your head with some of the catchiest riffs I've heard all year propelled forward with a quickly paced drumbeat; at least for the first half. By the second, it all starts to get rather tedious.

It reeks of the coolness of a college house party, but like a lot of parties, the juice runs dry before everybody's thirst is quenched.

Highlights include the hot opening numbers "The Destroyer", "You Oughta Know" and the Clutch-like groove of "You Can't Win".


Score: 7 of 10


--Nailer 10.27.05
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.

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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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