After their epic debut filled with wonderful voodoo blues the new album experiments on a way wider spectrum. I still like the first record better but this one has a few good songs, too, although not necessarily in the same genre. The occult American folk is now swapped with more of an outlaw country style, the only one that’s dark enough for my taste is Man of the Cross. And then there are the odd ones out, which are great just for another album, like Run with the Devil (a full-on party rock and roll track) or How Come? (can neve resist a Corey Taylor cameo).
This has been sitting on my Play Later list for quite a while because I needed to relisten it a few times. There are too many tracks to absorb at once and the selection is just all over the place, meaning there are so many things to notice and bands to look up that it needs some attention. As for the ridiculusly (and wonderfully) wide range of genres I just quote the official notes: “from ye ye garage beat over to blues trash cajun to string arrangement funeral music over to Chicago boogie blues to psychadelic garage blues then way down to outlaw country… and much much more” – so yeah, there’s a lot. Anyway, it’s awesome. Both the variety and the tunes, too.
Occult country, voodoo blues, love & death.