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Leather Lung: A Thunderous Fusion of 'Boogie Metal' Bliss and Craft Beer Revelry in Their Debut Full-Length Album...

Boogie Metal

Magnetic Eye Records

Release Date – March 15th 2024

 

Line Up:

Mike – Vocals

Zach – Guitar/Backing Vocals

Jesse – Bass/Backing Vocals

Ben – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1 – Spit In The Casket

2 – Big Bad Bodega Cat

3 – Freewheelin’ Maniac

4 – Empty Bottle Boogie

5 – Guilty Pleasure

6 – Macradose (interlude)

7 – La La Land

8 – Twisting Flowers

9 – Headstone

10 – Cornered Animal

11 – Raised Me Rowdy

 

When a band boldly defines their sound as ‘boogie metal’ and boasts their very own signature beer (I must admit, I have a penchant for good beer!), it’s an invitation to give them a listen. Emerging from the vibrant punk and hardcore scene in Boston back in 2012, Leather Lung has already delivered highly acclaimed EPs, and now they present their inaugural full-length album.

The experience begins with the powerful resonance of big distorted guitars in ‘Spit In The Casket,’ setting a seamless groove that prompts your head to nod in rhythm. Mike’s raw and gritty vocals demand attention. The boogie element kicks in with the ZZ Top-inspired grind of ‘Big Bad Bodega Cat,’ paving the way for the impactful ‘Freewheelin’ Maniac’ and the monumental ‘Empty Bottle Boogie’ – a track destined to become a classic. This is a colossal, unapologetic eruption of rock ‘n’ roll that’s loud, raucous, and thoroughly invigorating.

‘Guilty Pleasures’ introduces a grinding doom, with drummer Ben orchestrating a tempo change that propels the band into a brutal bout of hardcore groove metal. ‘Macrodose Interlude’ provides a 90-second intermission featuring fuzzed bass and raging guitar, leading into the compelling groove and tribal rhythm of ‘La La Land,’ reigniting the listener’s movement. ‘Twisting Flowers’ delivers a substantial dose of doom, featuring death metal vocals in parts, while the somewhat funky psych intro of ‘Headstone’ invites a dreamy pause before escalating into another massive death groove.

‘Cornered Animal’ boasts a commanding bass riff and yet another harsh vocal delivery, paving the way for the death blues boogie of ‘Raised Me Rowdy,’ concluding the album on a high note. These musicians exhibit a profound understanding of their craft, skillfully blending harsh vocals with captivating grooves and riffs, resulting in a sound that is simultaneously raw and sophisticated. It’s a rugged, authentic, and resoundingly loud journey, with subtle nuances that keep the experience consistently engaging.

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 7/10

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