Fans of old-school, Southern-tinged fuzz rock a la Corrosion of Conformity (with a dash of Trouble) will dig the underground groove-metal of Alabama Thunderpussy. With Pantera heaviness and a beer-drinking and hell-raising vibe, AT occupy the small if revered niche also populated by the likes of Kyuss, the Melvins, Raging Slab, early Fu Manchu, and Down. The Virginia-based quintet has been making records since the late ’90s, and with Staring at the Divine, their fourth album (and first for Relapse), they’ve come through with 10 songs of winning, swampy, intense rumble-rock they’ve coined “”moonshine metal.”” The twin-guitar harmonies of “”Motor Ready”” are Thin Lizzy-reminiscent, the song a headbanging and moshing meld of musicality. While Alabama Thunderpussy are loud-and-nasty blues metal, this tattooed, bearded bunch are surprisingly melodic–songs like “”Hunting by Echo,”” the slow, hypnotic grind and sinuous solos of “”Twilight Arrival,”” and the portentous-to-rollicking trippy twin-guitar outing that is “”S.S.D.D.”” are highlights in a disc full of stellar subsonic sounds for the discriminating dirtbag.
Product Description: Richmond, Virginia’s Alabama Thunderpussy deliver ten ass-kickin’ shots of ‘moonshine metal’ on their Relapse debut. With the one-two punch of low-end, stoner rock rumble and twin-guitar harmonies inspired by Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest, and the do-it-yourself work ethic of their punk rock roots. 2002.
CHECK ALL 10 songs, below, check this 10 song playlist:
Label: Relapse Records – RR 6526-2
Format: CD, Album
Released: 30 Apr 2002
Genre: Rock, Stoner Rock, Southern Rock
1 Ol’ Unfaithful 4:16
2 Motor-Ready 4:21
3 Shapeshifter 4:11
4 Whore Adore 4:39
5 Hunting By Echo 4:34
6 Beck And Call 3:45
7 Twilight Arrival 6:44
8 Esteem Fiend 6:11
9 S.S.D.D. 6:39
10 Amounts That Count 2:39
…What every Rock album should strive to be: dirty as an nymphomaniac with a mud fetish, raw enough to cause a rash and jam-packed with balls-out, guitar-driven, drunken mayhem…
5.0 out of 5 stars Riff,
after crushing Riff. If you like Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Blue Oyster Cult. You know what I mean by craving Riff after crushing Riff. This band delivers.
Bands like this are living in poverty while weak, weak, weak music rules the airwaves and … bands get rich. Its disgusting.
5.0 out of 5 stars ATP rules!,
Alabama Thunder Pussy is the best band you’ve never heard of. ATP delivers once again in their 4th album, their sound is unique as always. Their sound embodies the rage of the defeated south, a hybrid that combines the power and darkness of Black Sabbath with the soul and rightousness of Lynyrd Skynyrd. This album is very powerful, a monstrous growl of anger throughout, with the unrelenting guitar power that ATP unleashes at will. The surprising highlight of the album is the closing track, “”Amounts that Count””. It has kind of a bluegrass feel to it, but that doesn’t mean its a weak track. Its an anthem for the betrayed, done as only the southern masters can. Do yourself a favor and check this album out. Try to find their other 3 albums as well, “”Rise Again”” , “”River City Revival”” , and “”Constellation””. They were small independent releases, but all are great and are worth the effort to seek them out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hell-Bashing
Alabama Thunderpussy are, without much consideration, at the top of the mountain in the underground stoner rock/metal scene in 2002. from the opening note of “”staring at the divine””, it’s clear the ATP exhibits above average songwriting skills with their heavy riffing and clever hooks. Recently, I saw ATP with 60 Watt Shaman here in Chicago and though both bands were excellent, ATP just knocked me over with one inspiring guitar part after another. they were just something else to watch live. Alabama Thunderpussy is one of today’s most promising bands in the underground rock scene and with a little notoriety, they just might have what it takes to hit it big.
5.0 out of 5 stars Staring at the Divine
Hell, I just like staring at the album cover.
If you’re a fan of bands like Down, Kyuss, Clutch, Sixty Watt Shaman, Corrosion of Conformity, and just good ol’ stoner rock in general, then you’ll appreciate the music on this album. While ATP doesn’t sound like any other band I’ve heard, they’ve got close similarities to Sixty Watt Shaman in which the vocals are growly and just plain loud throughout the album. No high pitched wails, just rebel yells and then some. If you care about lyrics, then you’ll find that ATP is a thinking man’s band as well. Nothing is too positive and nothing is too dark. The guitar work is in your face heavy and never lets up. If you like fast heavy riffs and a quicker pace to your music, you’ll love these guys. This is just simply your backyard boozed up rock & roll band with influences stemming from the good ol’ boys of Southern Rock from the 70’s and 80’s. They’ve had a couple of different lead singers, but the sound has always remained. That’s always good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good heavy music for the South,
This is the first ATP cd I got my hands on, and it blew me away. Great music with an awesome voice to match. There aren’t any lyrics in the CD booklet, but after a few listens you can understand them. This is a great piece of southern drug and alcohol friendly CD, and would recommend it to anyone who likes having a good time.”
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