LONG LIVE THE SMOKING GUN: We Build Empires: cd

In Tucson, Arizona there is a cesspool of big rock from guys like Shark Pants and Swing Ding Amigos. This band is a more metalled-out two-piece that appreciates the drop D sound and Louder than Love-era Soundgarden. They mix it up fairly nicely, even though I occasionally get irked by a Ted Nugent-sounding guitar going swin-a-linna-swin. They do quote Kerouac in the liner notes and say “NoThanks” to Bank of America and MTV. If you like metal noodling and the aforementioned bands, you might appreciate this.

 –buttertooth (1912)