The Atomic Bitchwax – ‘Force Field’ (Tee Pee Records) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:40

TAB largeThere's something to be said for a band releasing their seventh full album, without it being the main project for most of its members. Featuring over half of Monster Magnet at different points in their career, The Atomic Bitchwax have released another quality album.


The pace is frenetic throughout, in a way that Lemmy himself would appreciate. Straying away from the space rock and prog influences that abound in their earlier releases, this is an all-out, ballsy constant rock party. The frequent guitar hooks keep you constantly interested even before they head off into the rambling, soaring solos that assault your ears throughout this release. It's pretty easy to listen to, given the short tracks, which are a big step away from a lot of current releases along similar lines, which seem to almost define themselves by a four-minute plus requirement. This is not to say that the album is disposable, just that the hooks grab you from the outset, without maybe extending the idea too far, unlike some of their contemporaries, currently.


It is also a fair bit cleaner than the dingy sound that accompanies some of their earlier tracks and shows a definite step towards the currently popular stoner market. From the onset, tracks such as 'Hippie Speedball' and 'Alaskan Thunder Fuck' (tracks one and three respectively) set a very high bar for the rest of the album, which, in the main, it lives up to. 'Humble Brag' and 'Tits And Bones' both drop slightly from there, but are still good songs - it's more a testament to the level of the earlier tracks that even the good quality later songs seem not quite so good with the first listen through, due to this.


The last track slackens the pace very slightly, featuring keys a fair bit more than is noticeable in many of the earlier tracks, though it is still far from any kind of ballad



It strikes me very much as driving music, also, as long as that driving is either with your foot down on a motorway, or sat on a bike in the middle of summer with it blaring out as you wind around tight country lanes, wind rushing through your hair (or cooling your head, if, like me, hair is not one of your strong points!).


Overall, this is the kind of album that Lemmy himself would have written and been proud of... and who am I to disagree with that motherfucker?


‘Force Field’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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