When in that mood where nothing other than slam will suffice, what better way to scratch that itch than to add a little banjo to make the what is now known to be Banjo Slam.
One man banjo wielding slam machine Andreas Schüßlerreturns with his follow up to the 2017 album Hidden Bloodinessand continuing where he left off, by pushing the boundaries and merging an extreme form of music with one of the most identifiable sounds out there, therefore creating the perfect beast for the Extreme Hillbilly. Get the moonshine out and prepare to listen to the music that will make you smile in both horror and delight simultaneously.
From the opening track ‘5 String Apokalypse’ you get the feeling of what’s to come with the choppy and down tuned guitars, perfectly timed and slightly muffled drum programming and then the crisp sound of the banjo appears in all its delight, before being greeted by a small guitar riff and then the deep and gruff welcome to the album “Yippee Yi Yo, Yippee Yi Yey, no one gets out alive” mixed with some more banjo and those new to this music will have a good idea about what the remaining 9 tracks may hold in store.
As track 2 ‘37073 Burnin’ kicks in the true depth and extreme nature of the guttural vocal have kicked in which is perfectly counterbalanced by the Banjo that is the true star of the album. The mid-paced chugs continue to hit home, smashing you square between the eyes repeatedly.
The guitars provide the perfect backdrop in ‘Forefather’s Way’ as they slap everything out of the way to clear a path for the gruff vocal and then the sounds of dungarees come along to compliment and provide an entirely different perspective on the sound.
Die Like The Rest is a fantastic album that can’t help but make you feel good. The amount of work that Andreas puts into the sound is clear and this is where having full control of everything allows him to create exactly what he wishes, and what he has produced is fantastic.
Be prepared to be beaten with chugs, slapped by slams as you sit in your rocking chair on the porch, drinking what can only be described as pure alcohol rotting your teeth. This is a thoroughly enjoyable release and will be gracing my speakers very regularly.
Die Like The Rest was released 19th June 2019 via Rotten Roll Rex Records.
- 5 String Apokalypse
- 37073 Burnin’
- Forefather’s Way
- Backwoods Spirit
- Die Like The Rest
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- Eat Humans Not Animals XVIII
- Hippie Shredder’s List