Artimus Pyledriver - Artimus PyledriverRuyter Suys of Nashville Pussy is crazy about these guys. Scratch Magazine raves about them. So does Daredevil zine. They've toured with none other than Hank Williams the third (grandson of the legendary country singer and guitarist of former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo's Superjoint Ritual). So he must be up for it. But Napalm Lex of metalrage.com? He isn't as impressed.
Artimus Pyledriver are a Suburban distributed Southern Rock band that can be compared to thousands. A mixture of bands such as Thin Lizzy, a bit of Blue Oyster Cult, COC, Black Label Society and so on, that we've heard before that same thousand times, and it has to be said: it's produced by Dave Angstrom (Hermano/Superfuzz) and arranged quite nicely, but has too many major downsides.
First of all, it is once again one of those Bon Scott "squeeze my throat" type singers that fucks the whole atmosphere of the album up. It is so prominent that it becomes hard to enjoy the quite decent riffs and rock arrangements that allmost get buried beneath it. Sheer annoyance through the forced and over-the-top "singing" ruins a potentially o.k. record. Please guys, either get this dude some rock-n-roll singer-clinics, or get yourself a new vocalist.
The second down-point I allready mentioned slightly, the arrangements are quite nicely, the songs are heavy like a S/R record should sound, but after four songs one gets bored through the sheer equality of it all. There is no song that really stands out of the rest, it's basically all the same stuff, over and over again for twelve songs, and even when a refreshing guitar solo pops up here and there, or a country-esk intro like on High Life, the whole thing gets screwed by that b-quality vocals again.
So who should buy this record? The Southern-Rockers, that love good riffing, heavy shit and oldschool heavy rock. But if you're like me, and like a full-package that compliments your taste with a hundred percent functional band, never mind. This is a band that has been around for quite some time, and as said, the potentional is still there. Just replacing the singer will get them a better score. And a less homogenous song writing process, you'd have a phemomenal band to check out. But hell, it's just not working out this way. Maybe on the new record?
1. Swamp Devil
2. Dixie Fight Song
3. Ride On
4. Dirt Road White Girl
5. High Life
6. Natural Progression
7. Up The Creek
8. Shagging Ass
9. Get Some