The Glasspack - "Bridgeburner"
(Small Stone Records 2004, SS-041)
From Aural Innovations #30 (February 2005)
The Glasspack have got to be one of the dirtiest, nastiest, kick assenest rock 'n' roll bands to ever come out of the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. These guys are totally stoned and fuzzed, but they aren't a stoner band in Sabbath mold. No siree… these good old boys blend stoner rock, psychedelia, punk and metal, and are clearly determined to pummel their listeners into psycho fuzzed out submission with their killer brand of screaming vocals and stoner fuzzed rock 'n' roll. You wanna get a feel for a piece of these guys roots just check out their brain melting cover of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter". I think Richards and Wood would be impressed by the guitars on this tune. The Glasspack retain the classic rock 'n' roll of the original but give it their own garage psych treatment. And dig that freaked out fuzzed and wah'd guitar on "Oil Pan". Scrumptious! The title track has similarly cool guitar but this fucker just absolutely ROCKS! That's what's so great about these guys… they're down 'n' dirty rockers and they shoot to kill, but they can really play. Other standouts include "Barn Party", "Hydroplane" and "Getting'Shitty", killer rockers with a punky edge. I think the punk elements would make The Glasspack a sure fire hit with Motorhead fans. "Hairsoup" is the longest and most valium stoned and purely psychedelic metal song on the album. The guitars go DEEP into space and explore on this sucker. Guaranteed to turn your brain into cosmic mush. This and "Peepshow" are my favorites, the latter being a monstrous trip rock instrumental with guest guitar from Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet, Atomic Bitchwax). Heavy rockers that like lots of fuzz and freaked out rock 'n' roll insanity will love this.
For more information you can visit The Glasspack web site at: http://www.theglasspack.com.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz