Friday, February 22, 2013


Rating: RRR
Label: HeadFirstEntertainment 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Texas Hippie Coalition may seem to have suffered bats and knives from folks who have decided that a bunch of rednecks from the George Bush JR and SR state, can't possibly be for real or any good for that matter. Yours truly are still not sure about what exactly they're trying to sell us, you know, considering the awful moniker and their outlaw agenda. And to name your latest album after the old revolver, "Peacemaker", oh the irony, the irony.

Nontheless, musically they have arguably far more to offer than your average outlaw act. Their own patended - Red Dirt Metal - in reality the wicked mixture of Pantera, Black Label Society, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top. Armed with guitars, cars, cowboy boots/hats, booze and tattoos, this is about as Southern-fried as chicken and/or any insane schmuck at death row.

What makes several tracks (Hands Up, Damn You To Hell, Wicked, Sex & Drugs & Rock and Roll) so good is that they sound like they came together effortlessly and simply through playing the old Pantera riffing (take a bow, Wes Wallace) and let Big Dad Ritch rip behind the microphone. It's hardly rocket science. Ultra thick, crunchy metal, and heavy as funk, producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, etc.) manage to get the best out of the band. very decent indeed.

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