Virtue & Vice (Explicit)
Released: Jan 2013
Label: Rlot Records
As allegedly grooving Down/COC/Brand New Sin-style sludgers go, this Columbus, Ohio trio-plus-pals stands out for both the gunky chunkiness of Brad Stemple's axe tone and the coherence of Paul Jones' macho low-fiber-diet croaking. Rick Ritzler's drums aren't exactly funky or propulsive, but he keeps a musclebound beat. They let oxygen in, too, when their doom heads skyward and when backup harmonies turn King's X frilly. They stay too close to grunge, but "Keepers of the Night" is quality fake Sabbath, "Chicken Little" swipes a Zep riff, and man-handling Cinderella's "Night Songs" took gonads.
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