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Assjack: Assjack
Psychobilly, Punk, Southern Metal
Curb Records
August 4, 2009
Release length: 31:14
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After many “What the hell?!” proclimations, it was about time to cave and check out the debut self-titled album by the band Assjack, which happens to feature Hank Williams III. Clearly, this meant there would be some sort of country element. Well, that assumption was partially right, as Assjack is more oriented towards a southern rock/metal sound. Unfortunately, Assjack is as comedic as the band’s name.

So, what can only be described as hardcore country music, Assjack is a rather terrible album. Just think a much harder, amateur version of earlier Black Label Society material with shouting and horrible vocal distortions. It’s the vocals on this release that absolutely ruin this album. It sounds like he’s trying to be more of an industrial vocalist then anything, and in the cleaner tracks, such as “Gravel Pit”, the vocals just sound so terrible that you understand why the distortion is put on there in the first place. For the most part, the lyrics on here are rather poor as well and often make no sense. “Cut Throat” is one of two songs on here that is really tolerable, but then it gives way to “Smoke The Fire”, which just has vocals that sound as though they were done by a goat. If that was the intention for this band, it has been accomplished on this and other potentially kick ass songs that were destroyed by this manner.

The music on this release, however, is actually really good, even though it’s really cliche at times, creating a perfect mesh of mallcore and southern atmosphere. “Wasting Away”, “Gravel pit” and “Cut Throat” are some of the better tracks off this album, with some guitar work that is somewhat simple but works out well in the end with the music and just sounds great against the killer drums that range from a steady faster tempo, to a blistering blast beat. Of course, the track “Concaine The White Devil” has a stoner metal feel to it, all about using concaine. This track can easily be skipped if you’re not into that whole thing, but you’ll be greeted with “Redneck Ride” which is just an amazingly fun and intense song. “No Regrets” is another decent track on here, but it doesn’t have any real structure and will simply aggrivate you after a few spins, if you even make it this far on the album.

Honestly, if the vocals didn’t have such a wide array of distortion effects on every song, and specifically if it didn’t have a distortion effect that turned the vocalist into a goat, Assjack could have been a rather killer album. There is a lot of potention on this release, and some original ideas. But, for now, Assjack will just lie there in the mediocre field with potential that has yet to be fully used. With only a three songs on here worth any real value to the CD, Assjack is simply a waste of money.

01. Tennessee Driver – 2:46
02. Wasting Away – 2:16
03. Chokin’ Gesture – 3:38
04. Gravel Pit – 4:08
05. Cut Throat – 1:48
06. Smoke The Fire – 2:49
07. Cocaine The White Devil – 4:49
08. Redneck Ride – 2:12
09. No Regrets – 2:54
10. Doin’ What I Want – 3:54
Overall Score: 3.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.