OR: Wino’s fond reminiscences of radio-ready 70s cock rock.
First, wicked cool covers: check those boys out. Wino and Co. clearly have some Native American/ Aztec fetish (and is it me, or does the font of the logo on the cover look like the same one from “Scooby Doo, Where Are You”?)….
I hope that was intentional. If so it makes the cover even cooler. Norville Rogers, aka Shaggy, would DIG this.
Second, songs. Ah yes. Those. First up is the ambient-intro’ed “B_E_A_U_T_Y_,” sounding like a pop version of Sunn O))) with the fading-up-and-then-out feedback… after a bit over two minutes the riff begins: a typically heavy yet memorable Wino riff, but with more of a pop/rock sensibility than of doom/ St. Vitus. Almost like Kansas if they were trying to emulate Sabbath. A nice change from what you normally expect from Wino (Adrift excepted). We break for a semi-acoustic interlude at around 5:00, then work into a tribal (aztec?)-sounding breakdown.
“Hard to Say” drives forward with a downbeat and a two-chord riff, sounding not unlike Maiden’s “Flash of the Blade” once it takes off, “Clay Pigeons” and “Senses” drag, seemingly unsure of where they’re going, “La Hechicera de la Jeringa,” or The Sorceress of the Syringe (prelude and all) is a mellow, patient blues-ish rocker with a nice sidewalk/chorus riff, “Deranged Rock N Roller” sounds exactly like you think it would (think The Who meets NWOBHM), and isn’t bad, but seems generic next to the better tracks here, “Modern Man” has a great riff (that somehow sounds like Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You”), and closer “Peyote Road” opens with a very cool riff/ acoustic lick combination that ends up sounding like one of the eerie interludes on a King Diamond album.
It would probably be very frightening, whilst on peyote.
Overall, next to St. Vitus, this is probably my favorite Wino project (although I’m not much of a fan, more of an appreciator), and for my money one of the most distinctly different (again, except for Adrift). It’s marginally worth getting for the whole album, but the better tracks are very cool by themselves. Cherry pickers: get “B_E_A_U_T_Y_”, “La Hechicera de la Jeringa,” or “Peyote Road.”