AR­SON AN­THEM

In­se­cu­rity No­to­ri­ety

Pasatiempo - - Pasa Tempos - — Rob DeWalt

I used to par­take in some­thing called Mis­chief Night. Tra­di­tion­ally held each year around Hal­loween, it en­tailed hooli­gans break­ing cur­few and get­ting into trou­ble with the law and with their par­ents. The night usu­ally came with its own sound­track, and when I hear those songs to­day, the mem­o­ries come rush­ing back. In the third grade (they start ’em young back East), the sound­track was Ted Nugent and Kiss. In ju­nior high, it was the angsty ru­mi­na­tions of hard­core-punk bands like Black Flag, Bad Re­li­gion, and Jody Fos­ter’s Army. An old friend of mine lamented re­cently that punk had gone flac­cid, whiny, and generic. For the most part, she’s right. I weep for the kid who has to TP a house to Green Day. But thank­fully, there’s hope. Say howdy to New Or­leans four­some Ar­son An­them, an in­bred punk-metal su­pergroup con­sist­ing of for­mer Pan­tera and Down vo­cal­ist Phil H. Anselmo (as pro­ducer and gui­tarist here), Ponykiller bassist Collin Yeo, Eye­hat­e­god vo­cal­ist Mike IX Wil­liams, and the inim­itable Hank Wil­liams III on drums. These boys have cross-pol­li­nated in bands and stu­dio ses­sions so of­ten they could be called kiss­ing metal cousins. Recorded and en­gi­neered by Hank III at his Haunted Ranch stu­dio in Nashville, In­se­cu­rity No­to­ri­ety isn’t gravy-and sweet-tea drenched South­ern-steel hair metal. It’s straight-up, in-your-face, time-warp punk that’ll make sin­ners out of saints and raise the hard­core dead no mat­ter what time of year it’s played. Seven­teen songs, 30 min­utes — do the math.

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