• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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Image: Norselaw, Moonhunters, cd review, pitriff, heavy metalNorseLaw

I can't speak for everyone, but I like a little bit of weirdness in my music every once in awhile. Not all the time, but there are definitely times when I need something that just goes far beyond the scope of "traditional" sounding music. My collection is littered with bands like Mr. Bungle, Pygmy Love Circus, Dog Fashion Disco, Mindless Self Indulgence and the like. These bands definitely find their way to my player a lot, specifically when I'm in a bad mood and need something strange to listen to and give me a "what the fuck" moment. Certainly, these kinds of bands are not for everyone. If they are your speed though, you might want to add NorseLaw to your collection. Listening to their release MOON HUNTERS is kind of like if you took a room full of iPods, blew them up, and could listen to the individual pieces all mixed up into some sort of cohesive, strange collection of songs. To my ear, it's a lot of Mr. Bungle, a touch of Borknagar, and a lot of straight up experimentation that doesn't really define definition easily.

There's a certain experimental quality to MOON HUNTERS that just drives the project. Musically, it can go from raging to almost a "warming up in the studio" sound before blowing back up into some sort of an 80s styled arena solo. This occurs on "Unmerciful Doom". Vocally, it's as all over the place as the music as well. There are clean parts that remind of Chuck Mosley of Faith No More fame, and then there are other times where the screaming rage is such that Cradle Of Filth's Dani Filth himself might be impressed. Songs like "Moonhunters" flat out rage. From song to song, you don't get a clear sense of direction for the music, but that seems to be the point of the whole thing. The breakdown on "Moonhunters" from absolute rage to a soft, almost carnival-like placement is very reminiscent of something from Mr. Bungle's self-titled debut from decades ago, and yet, it finds a way to launch back into absolute brutality once again.

PITRIFF RATING - 72/100 - This is a solid effort. If there's deficiencies, it's in the vocals which are a little raw and are, at times, a bit too overbearing to where they keep the vibe heavier than you might want (especially with the twists that come around every corner). Still though, the ridiculous speed and sonic detours that come and go throughout most of the material here is quite impressive. MOON HUNTERS is a solid EP from an act that could very well grow to become a bigger deal in the underground. Will they ever crack the mainstream? Not a chance. If they did, I think they would disband operations anyway. That's how these types of bands all seem to be. Quality listen.

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