"Roadkill BBQ"

By Professor Jocko

If ever there were a list of bands that went against the grain of mainstream music, one of the first on the list would be Nitrogods. Granted, they didn’t invent this style of music; however, I’m sure that Lemmy is looking down from heaven upon this German trio with respect and admiration to the fact that his legacy has continued. Their signature raspy and vintage musical sound was stamped with their debut, self-titled album. Now on their third studio attempt, have continued with their roots, producing a unique rock and roll sound that is unapologetic with both song titles and lyrics alike. 

I must admit, their first LP had a dark, mysterious quality that drew me in with songs that had somewhat of an evil side to them. Although there are titles on Roadkill BBQ that may lead you to believe that this has continued,  it just isn’t as evident this time around.  The opening track titled “Rancid Rock” has more of an upbeat tempo to it that brings a lighter mood with it. Perhaps this is just an evolution in songwriting or amusing antics dote of the band with some kind of story behind it? Nonetheless, there is a certain obviousness to it that sets the pace for the rest of the album. 

Vocalist/bassist Oimel Larcher still maintains his gravel-like technique throughout, but remains in the safe zone with standard 4/4 timing that carries through the next several songs. Although the song titles carry with them a certain humorous flair, with lyrics to match, I seem to lose a little genuine interest and diversity from one track to the next. Perhaps I’m just comparing this a little unfairly to their first album which seemed to have a different musical vibe to each song and the one between it. However, as you listen to the album in its entirety, you will start to pick up on certain differences with what direction, and maybe even where any particular influence may come from. What I mean is that although Nitrogods do have a signature sound, they are loosely based around classic rock bands which are slightly evident in many songs. 

Naturally, you could safely say that Motorhead is the leading influence, mainly because of the vocals and rhythmic patterns caused by timing features with the bass and drums. The song titled “The Price of Liberty” seems to have those qualities because of a slower tempo and large areas that allow the song to breathe with longer, drawn out guitar riffs. A couple of songs later, you have a track called “I Hate”, which is a nod to early punk bands where chord progressions and repeating tempo with and lyrics are concerned. The following track is called “Where Have The Years Gone”, and reminds me distinctly of an AC/DC song called “Down Payment Blues”, mainly because of the intro and arrangement. There are also a couple of bonus tracks that add length to the LP, in which the last of the two called “Did Jesus Turn Water Into Beer “offer a more powerful encore to the album. I’m sure that the title of the song carries some weight with it, being something that loyal followers of the band can identify with. The guitars in this track have slightly more presence and flow than that of other songs, yet still maintains the style of previous tracks.