VARIOUS ARTISTS: Kicked Outta Purgatory: CD

Jul 12, 2007

The funny thing about this psychobilly compilation is how little “billy” there actually is here. A good chunk of the songs are no more than sub-par punk rock with slap bass, and one song even sounds like an outtake of one of Ministry’s more metal albums. To be sure, there are a few good tunes to be found here, most notably Deadbolt’s “Billy’s Dead” and the Guana Batz’ “King Rat,” but there’s also a piss-poor cover of Skrewdriver’s “I Don’t Like You,” courtesy of the Photon Torpedoes (a dubious choice of bands to cover considering the number of redneck Klansmen-in-training that embrace, without irony, anything resembling rockabilly), and a bunch of other songs that should’ve been allowed to slip off the set list during practice rather than recorded and put on a compilation for the whole world to hear. Ultimately, the bad outweighs the good here, so it might be a good idea to look elsewhere if psychobilly is your bag.

 –jimmy (Hairball 8)