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Hank Williams III, 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin’ / Attention Deficit Domination
Hank3 Records, Sept. 6

09/01/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The latest news from Hank Williams III land is a shotgun blast of three different genre albums, but if there’s anything I hate receiving more than EPs, it’s double-LPs, so I shan’t discuss the (purportedly serious) country twofer Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town but instead rotate the turrets in the direction of the other two records. The doom-metal release, Attention Deficit Domination, is the wiffle-ball-league version of what you’d get if St. Vitus’s little brother got his hands on a Marshall stack — remember when people actually took epic-fail Sabbath-wannabes seriously? Completely, unabridgedly horrible, at one point it adds phase-shift to one particular vocal track (“Bend”) that, when listened to, makes one wish that the planet Jupiter would let one of those super-asteroids through so it could finish us off and leave a giant flaming space-doughnut, anything that would erase every atom of this song forever. The 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin’ LP, however, is something I learned to appreciate a lot: various flavors of thrash and math-metal underneath real-live-auctioneer speed-babbling. Dumb as that sounds (and metal heads are really not digging encountering it on the radio shows), it does offer an alternative to the Cookie Monster/scream-o-rama status quo, but even simply viewed as abstract art the band does find a few grooves (“Cuttin’ Hay” is awesome). 3 Bar Cattle Ranch Callin’: A-; Attention Deficit Domination: D —Eric W. Saeger






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