At The End Of The Day (Metal Blade)
by Martin Popoff
Hey, yeah you, it’s about time you paid attention to these guys, cos they rule. These Houston legends have made a slight left turn into a more immediate, dirt-faced sound, courtesy of drummer Alan Doss, who produced and mixed the whole Cheap Tricked starburst. It’s more of the less-is-more we saw last time around, more jangly garage metal, still blessed by The Beatles. But it’s the crackly cymbal-banged spontaneity of the thing that really leaps out, the Galactic Cowboys rocking and reeling a little too reckless for a listener looking for the usual large supply of veiled spiritual wisdoms wrapped in solid metal form. Caustic, rough, and drum-bashed, this is the Galactics in youthful, uncomplicated mosh mode, lite-brite with power, less concerned with perfect arrangements, opting for unabashed heated emotion until we just shed our assets and whirl. Oh yes, and there’s more of Monty’s playful and primary paintings, the perfect visual for his band’s heroic, plaintive chording.
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