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Hotrod Fury - Smokeshowdotdotdot
artworkHotrod Fury seem like a solid band. I think the mix and production values here are very limiting. Though these tracks are powerful and aggressive, they are badly mixed with drums and bass on the left and guitar on the right. The drum tracks are ambiently recorded. Just imagine if they were properly mixed!
Picks: Whiteout, Stripsearch, Codebreaker, Smokeshow, Shake-N-Stomp, Dead End Street

Track by Track Review


Whiteout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray inspired big guitar with reverb crashes and danger lurking everywhere. Relentless edge and volume. Drums and bass on the left and guitar on the right is very annoying, but otherwise, "Whiteout" is a monster made of ominous tone, reverb, outboard kicks, and plunder.

Stripsearch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark double picked menacing guitar slaughter. Sorta like a cross between Link Wray and Dick Dale in some ways. Powerful, and all about loud.

Codebreaker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy puling muted surf rhythm breaks into loud lead lines with aggressive filigrees. Dark and ominous, with big tom toms and splash. It's like huge storm surf crashing you into the rocks.

Smokeshow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Smokeshow" is like a traditional rockabilly instro from the fifties amped up with reverb, loud amps, and glissandos. Splashy and intense, but too much of a jam for my taste.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a loud rendering of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Shake-N-Stomp." I was quite surprised at how uninteresting this ended up being, in part because the drums sound ambient and the guitar is off in the right corner, detracting from the song's inherent power.

Dead End Street dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dead End Street" is a relentless progression in search of a song. There's just more going on here. Moreorless straight rock instro fair, only louder and reverbed.