By Professor Jocko

I normally don’t start out a review this way, where I gush, but this album kicks fuckin' ass. From the very first track through the next 11 songs, this self-titled debut album rocks all the way through! Most of the time you buy a CD and like several songs, a few songs, or maybe just one, but very seldom do you ever find an album where there is something about the entire thing that makes you want to listen to it over and over again finding it cooler every time. I can remember the first time I heard "Reign In Blood" by Slayer, "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns & Roses, and "Vulgar Display of Power" by Pantera, I had the same feeling. There are probably a few others that I’m forgetting, but Nitrogods has joined that elite list.

This German-based trio has a style that isn’t completely original as far as what kind of music has come before them in one way or another, but they have a way of taking a certain sound and turning it into something completely unique and distinct. What I mean is that each song is a little different from the one before it where they may sound like a heavier version of Motorhead,  or Jackyl or ZZ Top and Nashville Pussy with some blues mixed in with it once in awhile. There is a vibe to all of this that sounds like it should be in an old horror or biker movie because of the grind house effects used in the guitars and vocals. The bass guitar really carries a prominent force all the way around, and the vocals sound like the devil with a mouth full of gravel that reaches down to the pit of your stomach. The subject material is also fits them perfectly; guns, hot-rods and booze seem to be popular topics..

Songs such as "At least I’m drunk", "Whiskey Wonderland", "Zombietrain" and "The Devil Dealt The Deck" sound like they were written by the bastard brother of Lemmy, with some heavy rhythm and a raw, pounding sound. The sound that gives this album such a classic sound should come as no surprise, as it features guest appearances by Nazareth vocalist Dan McCafferty and ex-Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke in the songs "Whiskey Wonderland" and "Wasted In Berlin". There are also several songs on the LP that have more of a “Texas” sound, kind of like a heavier version of ZZ Top or Jackyl, which have a faster tempo with a boogie type of beat. The track "Lipsynch Stars", "Gasoline"  and "License To Play Loud" are  tunes that you could dance to; the only time I will ever dance is at the end of a rope, but you understand where I’m coming from! Needless to say, I cannot wait until the next batch of tunes from these deep-groove rock and rollers comes out!