Combining a heady brew of Southern boogie and intense metal, Jackyl follow in the footsteps of esteemed rockers AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They really impress in the live arena, and they are captured here performing a storming set at the Full Throttle Saloon in South Dakota. The audience contains a large portion of bikers, who clearly revel in Jackyl's rock-heavy sound, and the band responds in kind by delivering the goods in style. If you love load guitar, bass and drums hard rock, you'll love Jackyl.
…Combined with numerous examples of Surfer-mania at its finest – the dipsomaniacal rager "Alcohol," the electric country hoedown "You Don't Know Me" and more – and Saloon is that rarest of records, a major-label debut that surpasses the indie release preceding it.
Stylistically, Return to the Last Chance Saloon isn't a drastic change from the Bluetones' debut Expecting to Fly. The major problem with the debut, however, was that there was little musical variety, and the album seemed to drag at times. Luckily, on their sophomore effort, the Bluetones have added some much-needed tempo changes to the mix, making this album a more consistently engaging listen than their debut. (…) While it was never released in the U.S., this is an essential purchase for fans.
The state of Texas is well-known for producing many world-famous musicians. Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Dixie Chicks, and Charlie Christian are all very famous musicians from the state. However, the state of Texas also claims their bastard acid-fueled stepchildren, the Butthole Surfers. Fronted by the enigmatic Gibby Haynes and guitar genius Paul Leary, the band often finds truly unique ways to blend almost any genre conceivable into their records. They also find ways to mix a trademark, creepy humor into their recordings. They're a band that can't really be summed up in one paragraph, and for good reason. They were one of the most innovative bands of the '80's and '90's, and still fail to sound dated today.