Slim

The Electric Hoss (Z&S Music)

Rush, Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience prove you can get fat sounds from a slim lineup, which is also what you have here with the appropriately monikered Slim. Formed in 1996 by ex-Skrew bandmates Robb Lampman (guitar/vocals) and Chadwick Davis (bass) along with buddy Randall James Wassermann, the trio had the balls -- and sense of humor -- to name their debut Greatest Hits. With their sophomore release, Slim slams on the table 11 more slabs of ferocious, forceful music drenched in fuzzy, chugging guitar and neck-snappin' rhythms.

"Thirty Odd Six" and "American Wound" are aggressive, tightly synchronized openers; they're also showcases for Lampman's ax. "Binge" takes a comical look at the narrator when he was "a little sperm," while "Ghetto Star," which starts almost as a ballad before building to a destructive climax, sears the speaker covers, making it a good candidate for Slim's "epic" number.

While Lampman has better-than-expected versatility as a vocalist, his enunciation (and the sheer volume) swallows up many of the lyrics. In fact, there's so much sound and fury that Slim sometimes loses any chance to transcend the status of loud bar band.

Nevertheless, big riffs and big sounds propel this effort into the ranks of local heavy metal party discs, though you should still seem Slim live to fully appreciate the firmness of its hard rocks.

 
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