Hackman- The New Normal
(Small Stone Records SS-073)

From Aural Innovations #37 (Sep 2007)

Hackman is Guitarist Darryl Sheppard (Roadsaw, Milligram), and a mighty rhythm section that includes bassist Jase Forney and drummer Todd Bowman (Lamont). This is their debut CD full of riff laid rock, a lot like Bolero… Just head’s down pure and simple fuzzed out, deep heavy bass lines and the all mightly riff.. NO time or not enough energy left for a guitar solo and when you have had about 30 minutes of this the band let you down easy with a nice acoustic track for 6 minutes to end the 37 minute trip, called Hackman… Oh yeah.. there is some singing or should I say screaming but it is mostly a destraction from the riff, on this mostly instrumental record.

For more information you can visit the band’s record label site at: http://www.smallstone.com

Reviewed by Scott Heller

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