900 LB. Steam

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A different A.N.I.M.A.L. from the Argentinian thrashers of the same name, the band that released 900 LB. Steam as their debut is best known as a vehicle for former W.A.S.P. guitarists Chris Holmes and Randy Piper. The disc is a full-on hard rock record that shows no betrayal of the guitar duo's roots (the title track sounds like a B-side from the Inside the Electric Circus sessions), with strong vocals from Rich Lewis (formerly of Big American Dogs) that sound like Ron Keel in his prime. Some cuts delve into post-Alice In Chains minor-chord melodrama, such as "Pissed Off" and "Talk Too Much," but the overall vibe is unapologetically metal to the nines.

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