Wicker Man

Wicker Man

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In 1994 and 1995, Hollywood signed a lot of noteworthy alternative rock acts that the label ended up dropping. One of them was Wicker Man, a brutal alternative metal trio that showed some promise on this self-titled CD. With influences ranging from Metallica to Seattle grunge to punk, Wicker Man members Keith Pastrick (vocals, bass), A.J. Guba (guitar) and Bill Daniel (drums) go directly for the jugular on such blistering, noisy items as "Pussycat Motorgasm," "You Annoy Me" and "Jawbreaker." This isn't an album that favors escapist lyrics or has a terribly optimistic outlook -- like so many alternative bands active in the 1990s, Wicker Man thrives on angst, anger and dysfunction and often uses them to its creative advantage. Not perfect but fairly promising, Wicker Man made listeners want to keep an eye on the threesome and see how it would develop. But regrettably, Hollywood gave Wicker Man the boot, and the metalheads never recorded a second album.

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