Let’s be honest, there’s an awful lot of very mediocre stuff currently out there in the underground/metal/alternative scene, whatever you want to call it. It seems with all the latest technology and gizmos available then every band can be bedroom producers/engineers leading to the old axiom, quantity over quality and I get an awful lot of below par quality hit my inbox these days. So when I come across the rare gems secreted in the piles of pap, it certainly brightens up my day.
Normalityville Horror from Spit Like This is one of those gems, gleaming out from the dull bedrock this 10 track album sparkles from start to finish.
It’s a right rollicking R’n’R roller coaster with lots of highs and a couple of lows, but over all a great album to stick on and liven up any party!
There’s a nod and a wink of course to the shock meister himself Mr Alice Cooper, with the punky and sleazy undertones of The Misfits and The Cramps but this is a collection of songs that are very British, yeah the lyrics are a bit basic and cheesy at times, but that doesn’t detract from the fun element at all.
SLT are a highly popular underground act with a cult following world wide and this album will only serve to reinforce that, front man Lord Zion and his partner in crime, Vikki Spit(bass) are masters of the social networks and a few bands can learn from them, but they know their limitations and drafted in top engineers/producers Chris Tsangarides and Dave Cousins to work with them and that’s the difference, band members take note you may be a great singer or shredder but that don’t make you a great engineer/mixer.
This is not a perfect diamond by all means, it has it’s flaws, but even a flawed diamond is still a diamond and there’s enough sparkle in this gem to keep you happy.
Best track? Gotta be final track “Dead To Me Now”, a pounding Horror Rock Anthem
Rated 7 out of 10
2 Normalityville Horror
3 Zero To Sixty
4 Very Very Good At Being Bad
5 Dragged Kicking and Screaming
6 Teen Angel
7 The Life & Times Of The Suicide Kid
8 Oh No! Here We Go!
9 The Dumb Song
10 Dead To Me Now