Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Review -- MUFFLER CRUNCH -- Ol' Sparky's Revenge

OL' SPARKY'S REVENGE
Muffler Crunch
Independent
8.5-out-of-10

Talk about metal that is raw, dirty, grungy, full of dark spirits and spit. That is the best way I can describe Muffler Crunch, a down to the bone duo out of Hull, QC.
The duo is vocalist and drummer Angie Neatby, who also wrote the gritty lyrics on this seven-song effort, and guitarist Luc Lavigne, who also throws in vocals on the CD's title effort.
When you listen to Muffler Crunch the first thing you are going to love is Neatby's voice, all growl, scratch and spit, yet allowed to come through clear enough too be understood.
Next come the lyrics. Wow, so deliciously dark. This girl has seen her share of urban demons, and she introduces you to many of them here. Listen closely and the darkness just about reaches out from the CD player and claims you. Sweet.
The band's spot on myspace explains the duo as “
Risen out of a Hull, Quebec neighbourhood made infamous by crack busts and stabbings. Risen from a house where the amps must be cranked up high to be heard over the warthog snorts of 18 wheelers barreling down their street and the screeching tires and pulsing stereos of bondo smeared Mustangs. Risen from a street full of loud-mouthed drunks taking their clumsy, evening constitutionals.”
This is certainly the world Neatby writes about, and while not pretty, it is compelling. You will find yourself the moth to her dark flame.
This is one you really need to search out. Cuts such as Left For Dead, Marchin' Back to Sugar Mountain, and Third Eye Blues are really killer cuts, on an overall great effort.
Look 'em up at www.myspace.com/mufflercrunch
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 5, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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