Satan's Pilgrims

At Home with Satan's Pilgrims

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A lot of '90s bands have resurrected the surf sounds of the '60s, with varying results; most groups have tended to add jerky punk influences (Man or Astro-man?, the Phantom Surfers), while others have used the contemporary guitar work of American indie to achieve a sound that's interesting beyond the nostalgia or kitsch of pure surf (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet). Satan's Pilgrims seem rather unconcerned with changing the sound of pure surf at all. At Home with Satan's Pilgrims swings through all of the territory between the Ventures and Dick Dale, and does so with a good deal of efficacy. Unfortunately, this is a narrow sound that probably won't appeal to listeners over a long string of albums, and At Home with Satan's Pilgrims probably isn't the most worthwhile of the band's releases -- Around the World is a decidedly better starting point (and the most appealing of the group's work), and tends to make the work on the band's other albums seem like a somewhat unnecessary side note.

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