Broadzilla Vs. the Tramp-O-Lean

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Coming from the same school as L7, Broadzilla takes their cue from '70s and '80s metal. Not quite as brutal as most thrash music, but not as cutesy as hair metal, Broadzilla instead has a more pounding, punk-influenced sound. Churning out metal riffs like an estrogen-fueled Skid Row, songs like "Temptation" and "Bite the Apple" are heavy and very catchy. The nasty "C.G.W." (that's "cum guzzling whore") even sounds like an update of Skid Row's "Get the Fuck Out" without the misogyny (but with even dirtier lyrics). Singer Rachel May has a memorable voice, reminiscent of early Joan Jett, and the band bangs away with the intensity of classic Mudhoney. The only true downfalls of the album are the juvenile lyrics. For example, "Gestation of an Alien" has a memorable hook that is weakened by the silly verses. Of course, it is all in good fun, but if the lyrics were slightly better, the album would be really great. As it stands, it is still a good, memorable album of hard-rocking songs by a band that has boatloads of promise.

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