The Atomic Bitchwax "3"
By Marcus Pan
Cranking out of my own home town, baybee,
The Atomic Bitchwax have parted ways with Mundell of Monster Magnet and dragged
in Finn Ryan, previously of Core. "Finn can actualy sing," says bandmate Chris
Kosnik and drummer Keith Ackerman. They've spent the past year "gelling" across
Europe and America and then went into Trax East Studios, which is right down
the street from my house, to record 3.
3 is the fourth release from The Atomic Bitchwax, one
of very few stoner rock bands that has attained some level of mainstream
success. The Captain Dog of NJ, The Atomic Bitchwax are writing up a four month
two continent itinerary to support this release. Fans of older Atomic Bitchwax
will still find those sudden solos, crunchy guitars and
smack-your-momma-in-the-teeth aggression you remember, but 3 has a much
more refined sound with tighter hooks and a mature sound still garagey,
but well produced garagey.
Right from the start The Destroyer blows the speakers
off our stereo with its rivetingly fast pace. You Oughta Know is almost
pure guitar solo. Maybe I'm a Leo is straight stoner grunge with solid
playing and we can see here why Kosnick insists that they have a singer now and
they are going to use it to their advantage. A guitar solo as good as any on
record slices through the center of the track this is guitar rock at its
The Passenger is load up your muscle car music if
ever there was, reminiscence going as far back as old fashioned Steppenwolf.
Finn's vocals is touched with just a slight bit of reverb to give it that
speed-laden rush. Just hit the highway and go. Half as Much closes the
album with a healthy dose of the surreal and gives Keith Ackerman a chance to
All rock fans from metal to thrash to stoner
will kick it with 3. It's really good music and done with a flair for
the original. The Atomic Bitchwax are one of the most energetic bands to come
slamming out of Jersey and their recordings have that live feel and ballsiness.
There's really only one question to ask this trio are you going to play
South River's Cruise Night this summer or not? Because if you do, I might
actually drag myself out of the house to walk down.
Post: PO Box 40322, Albuquerque, NM, 87196-0322, USA
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