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Numbah Ten : The End... of the beginning

With the release of their newest (and best) album, Sweden's Numbah Ten is flying their freak flag higher than ever before. They refuse to be intimidated by fashion, playing neither sludge nor southern fried metal, but instead elect to forge new paths in the desert, side by side with other classy new bands such as Gonga and Sasquatch. Watch out for these guys.

'The End...of the Beginning' refers to the fact that the band has lost their drummer, bringing to a close the first phase of their career. Godspeed them another one, because these guys have something worthwhile to say, and I hate to see anything hold them back. 'No Way Out' is their best song to date, a hard-charging exercise in desert stoner sounds with the requisite great guitar tone and superb leads. Jeez, I wish I could think of classic lyrical fillips like "Hell is having Christmas in my head". There are many well-known lyricists who could never think up anything that memorable. 'Trip of Madness' has a nice, moody acoustic intro followed by complex riffing and some tasty percussive accompaniment, although the vocals don't quite do it for me. 'Wicked Black Fever' is a monstrous burner, a tale of desperation buoyed by some...uh...wicked guitar tone. And don't forget 'Sea of Leaves', which is a freaky desert tune sure to lead you away from clean living and down the path to controlled substances, heh heh.

Titanic grooves and slab-heavy riffs, that’s what Numbah Ten is all about. They're descended from Father Kyuss though The Awesome Machine and Dozer, and they're ready to bludgeon your candy ass into submission. So quit being such a fashion victim and get on the above-referenced website for a little stoner love, '99 style. Will someone please sign these guys?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. No Way Out
2. Utilize Utopia
3. Trip of Madness
4. Olympus Mons
5. Wicked Black Fever
6. Sea of Leaves
7. The End (Speech)

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

Visit the Numbah Ten bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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