Album Review of “Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey,” out on Candlelight
By: Alex Lary
I honestly don't know as much about metal as I do about other shit. In my mind, the music placed underneath the umbrella of metal makes no sense, as its prided hyper-masculine involves, at times, detailed costumes, long hair, fake blood, and, yes, sometimes real blood; things that relate only in the field of metal.
This doesn't mean I can't listen to it and appreciate it for what it is, though, which at times can be sheer ridiculousness. I just recently discovered an emotion enabling me to listen to Metallica, and that opened the door into "metal" for me. I always liked instru-metal and cool guitars, but that’s just one aspect of the genre. But putting all this aside, Viking Skull’s album is ridiculous, but also ridiculously good.
Listening to “Doom, Gloom, Heartache and Whiskey” gave such a good sense of the band that I would invite them to crash my party. The first song, “Start A War,” could actually be taken seriously. But as the album progressed, it just got silly, for lack of a more mature word. Not even silly or goofy, but more like what happens by the time you've downed a half case of beer. If the word "sloshed" could be translated into sound, then this album would be sloshed.
By the time track nine, “Drink,” rolls around, the inner heart of the band is being worn on the sleeve of a puke and blood stained Hanes undershirt. Just one example of the lyrics: "We're gonna drink til we shit our pants/Drinky, drinky, drink/Gimme more drink." And to top it all off, there's a tambourine track. Please someone tell me another song on a metal album with a tambourine track; please lead me to these unknown realms I need to explore.
In general, the album's subject matter is Murder City Devils-ish, given away directly by the name. Their songs would fit nicely onto a Guitar Hero soundtrack, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (just look what Guitar Hero did for the Sword). The album is like a more sloppy drunk Wolfmother, and sounds reminiscent of CKY and HIM, which may be a partial Jesse Margera influence, though he's just a drummer. It’s hard stoner metal with a definite beginning and end, sleazy and reckless. Viking Skull would be good to listen to before you start the night and they’ll make you wanna break stuff. The album in its entirety sounds good all the way through and has driving momentum to keep going ‘til the end.
So what do you say Viking Skull, can I party with you?