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The Vaseline Rats

The Vaseline Rats

Review by Gary Hill

Fans of old school bluesy metal should really dig this EP. It's a collection of four screaming hot jams that just plain scorch. While I have favorites on the disc nothing is anything close to weak. This is a great introduction to a killer band that should please fans of modern music and those who like the older breed of hard rocking acts. I look forward to hearing more from these guys. You can get more information on this group at their website www.thevaselinerats.com.

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Track by Track Review
'et al'
Bass guitar starts this off in tasty fashion. The group jump in with a bluesy hard rocking jam that has elements of both old school and modern rock sounds. It's a smoking cut and a great opener. The guitar solo dominated jam later is a screamer.
So Over You
This has a heavier, more metallic sound and some killer textures. While the opener was strong, this one is more dramatic and darker and I'd have to say that I like it even better. I should mention that when I say this cut falls into the category of metal it's more old school metal than newer and there is also a bit of a punk leaning to it.
All The Ones
Here they stomp in with a more modern raw rock sound. It sill maintains more retro elements, but this metallic screamer is definitely more up to date in terms of sound. You could say that this is more current take on a bluesy hard rocking metal sound. It's another strong one, but I prefer the first two tracks.
Licking My Wounds
They close things off with another scorcher. This one is a frantic metal grind that is the highlight of the disc. It's sort of a more metal sounding take on sounds like Ronnie Montrose used to do in the days when Sammy Hagar was singing for him. The guitar simply screams on this one.
 
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