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Fist Fight in the Parking Lot : Fist Fight in the Parking Lot

Fist Fight In The Parking Lot's first album has tons of blood, guts and attitude.

This band rocks! There, I said it. The album has tons of blood, guts and attitude. It's a great combination of riffs, grooves and energy culminating in some pretty catchy, head-banging songs. It also contains some fairly dextrous musicianship so it's not just a random smattering of groove riffs; solid solos, intricate passages and good, edgy female vocals.

Elements of Pepper-era Corrosion of Conformity, Black Sabbath, and even Queens Of The Stone Age can be heard while not genuinely ripping off any one band. I really hesitate to use the tag "Stoner" here because I feel it would not give an accurate description of what the band is putting forth. There are no real psychedelic influences to be heard, just heavy, gravel-grinding Rock&Roll tenacity. Opening cut "S&M" and Track 4 "The Lone Gunman" carry the most obvious Sabbath influences (think "Hole In The Sky" vibes) while "Eternal Embrace" moves along at a throbbing, AC/DC-like crawl on the opening before slithering into COC territory. Some of the vocal harmonies on this one (and in other spots) remind me of vintage Alice In Chains. The raucous, energetic riffing on "Dr. Ugula" carries all the hallmarks of a blistering live cut. "Sloth" brings the bouncing, heavy groove once more before "Blue Jesus" closes the album with a dark, haunting mood and a slow, oozing groove.

This album, in spite of the terrible band name (sorry, it's just an ill-fitting, clumsy moniker), is going to end up being one of my favorite albums of this year. It rocks in all the right places, has a genuine, unpretentious vibe, and is just an all around satisfying listen. So grab a copy and crank it up!

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. S&M
2. Make Progress, Walk Away
3. Side Steppin' Ninja
4. The Lone Gunman
5. Eternal Embrace
6. Three Legged Duck
7. Dr. Ugula
8. Sloth
9. Blue Jesus

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-05-24 by Shawn Pelata
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