Drunken Bastards

Horns of the Wasted

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This defiantly old-school thrash record plows through seven songs (and an intro sampled from a movie you're unlikely to ever see) in just under 20 minutes; the longest track, "Baptized in Speed and Blood," is only 3:36, while "Alcoholic Big Tits" comes in at an economical 1:51. The track titles tell the story -- and in addition to the two already cited, you get "Drink with Satan" and "Toxic Patrol," putting these guys firmly in line with Virginia's Municipal Waste as a band that knows how to thrash with a smile. Drunken Bastards aren't nearly as good as Municipal Waste, though. Their songs have speed and volume on their side, but catchy riffs and memorable choruses are either of no interest to the bandmembers, or beyond their capabilities. The vocals are almost incomprehensible, and the drums are too low in the mix, frequently sounding like a clacking typewriter. "Destroy the Factory" has a guitar solo that any student could play after two weeks. This isn't a terrible album, but it's not a very good one, either. At least it's over quickly.

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