GENTLEMENS, THE: Triage: CD

Sweet, minty Jesus, this is a veritable monster of a release. Starting with a base of American rock/soul, these Italian thugs with guitars just slam-bang their way through eleven tracks that strut, slink, stomp, and wail. A full-on blowout from go, the band fires on all cylinders throughout, with a madman from the Yow School of Howl fronting a band smart enough to slip a little funkiness underneath to make their assault danceable. This has definitely earned a revered spot on this summer’s soundtrack. –Jimmy Alvarado (Hound Gawd, houndgawd.com)