MAN EATERS: Gentle Ballads for the Simple Soul: LP

Members of Tarantüla, Cülo, and Bleeding Gums step into more, um, “traditional” rock leanings than those others may have indulged. Dancing on the fine line between driving punk and Britain’s legendary New Wave of Heavy Metal, they jackhammer and bludgeon every precious bit of the riffs on which they’re based, forging each tune into something that sounds like a cross between, say, Superbees and Saxon’s rowdier moments. Delving into this territory can often be the kiss of death for lesser mortals, but they deliver the goods in spades here. –Jimmy Alvarado (Feel It, feelitrecordshop.com)