The Workhorse Movement

Sons of the Pioneers

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Going by the title of this album, you'd be excused for thinking it's some sort of an excursion into country-rock. In fact, it's all about rap-metal -- noisy, in your face, American rap-metal. "Keep the Sabbath Dream Alive is a humdinger, with a crisp waka-chika guitar and a verse worth singing along to. "Traffic" and "Motown" make good impressions from the outset, offering plenty of variety, power, and tight rapping. "Livin' Evil" and "Beotch are both straightforward metal numbers, but easy on the ear and a lot of fun. The bluesy homage to Colonel Kilgore from Apocalypse Now, "Charlie Don't Surf," is also a great tune, but you won't know until you give it a few spins. All in all, Sons of the Pioneers could've used another one or two killer tracks and a little more funk. But even so, it's still top-shelf stuff when compared to other releases of its kind.

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