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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LP Review: 'Gravitron' by The Atomic Bitchwax

The tight, punchy riff of “Sexecutioner” kicks off Gravitron, the new record from The Atomic Bitchwax. The boys from New Jersey are back with the same fuzzed out goodness they’ve been delivering for years and Gravitron is no exception. Chris Kosnik, Finn Ryan and Bob Pantella continue to crank out “…a combination of 60s psychedelic rock, and 70s riff rock filtered through the progressive rock influences of today.”

The new record delivers a nice mix of short, tight songs along with several instrumentals, the most traditional TAB jam being “Fuck Face.” The opening bass line and melodic vocal harmony make “No Way Man” one of my favorite cuts and “War Claw” is reminiscent of early Bitchwax riffs. The album closes with an anthem that had me clapping and singing along. “Ice Age Hey Baby” is part Monster Magnet and part early Queens of the Stone Age.

The production is stellar because it gets out of the way of the music. Gravitron is aggressive, tight and sweet enough to crank to 10.

The album drops on April 21st but Gravitron is worth the wait. For now, you’ll just have to bow before the “Sexecutioner.”

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