STAGGERS, THE: One Heartbeat Away From Hell: CD

Sturdy but samey-sounding hardcore-cum-punkabilly, complete with Brian Setzer sideburns, hollow body guitars and a Hank Williams cover. Antiseen Lite? Molly Hatchet gone punk? Meat Loaf fronting Molly Hatchet doing Antiseen covers? Fuck if I know. Though it had its moments, it never quite cinched me into that skull-popping headlock that I like to find myself in when I listen to this kind of music. And the milquetoast version of “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” didn’t help matters.

 –aphid (Haunted Town)