Title - 'Open Fire' (Relapse)
Artist - Alabama Thunderpussy
Veteran metal warriors Alabama Thunderpussy return once more and armed with a new vocalist in the form of Kyle Thomas (ex-Exhorder and Floodgate) also bring with them a brand new album, 'Open Fire.' Regardless of the new man at the vocal helm, ATP's trademark brand of southern-fried hard rock is still here, proud and loud for one and all to be swallowed up by. With your basic heavy metal riffs combining with guitar distortion, sure the songs come across somewhat slow and heavy, but there are also some surprisingly good melodic riffs to be discovered too! Songs like 'The Beggar' and 'Whiskey War' touch upon the ATP of old, but even those have an aggression that makes them more Motorhead than Molly Hatchet! Whereas 'Void Of Harmony' and 'None Shall Return' are definitely some of the stand-out tunes here (for my money) because they have those faster riffs and drum beats that are rarely found elsewhere on 'Open Fire.' And so in conclusion, this new go-for-the-throat attitude of ATP on 'Open Fire' is a huge step in the right direction and whilst allowing Ryan Lake to repeatedly show what an asset he is to the band, it also should bring in a few more newer fans to the ATP fold.