SCORPION VS TARANTULA: Self-titled: 10"

Jul 13, 2016

This record starts off with a bang, offering two quick songs reminiscent of late-’90s Man’s Ruin or Gearhead Records-style garage rock, bringing to mind something like the Hellacopters. That’s where this record takes me after the first couple songs. Unfortunately, things get much worse with later songs regressing into an unwelcomed, mid-tempo bar rock territory that really emphasizes the “rock” side of the band causing me to lose any potential interest I might have in this release. The last song on the record almost reels me back in with its stereotypically garagy Farfisa organ which appeals to my deeply rooted “budget rock” leanings, but ultimately it’s a case of “too little, too late” as the bad taste left in my mouth after listening to the previous trio of horrible bar rock songs is too strong to overcome. The three shortest and fastest songs on this release could make a killer 7”, but we have an underwhelming six-song 10” record instead. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (Slope, sloperecords.com)

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