Arriving in packaging that suggests its authors listened to too many satanic metal LPs in their infancy, Gunk nevertheless proves to be a competent collection of conventionally unconventional hard rock songs. At times it approximates the angsty narcissism of Anthrax, at others the funk-rock bonhomie of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Yet Kevin Ridley (vocals/guitar), Drew Gallon (bass) and Gary Binns (drums) never manage to fully impose their own identity on proceedings. The best song, "Our Man Flint," features guest guitar from Steve Ramsey: a fact that exposes the core three-piece lineup's limitations. That's not to say that there's no potential here, but with a few months more studio graft and a full-time second guitarist, Gunk could have been a better, if not necessarily outstanding, album.
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