• 1.
    The Eye Is on You
  • 2.
    Circle the Wagons
  • 3.
    Diablo Centavo
  • 4.
    Acres of Tires
  • 5.
    Pretty Miss Zero/Preys Be the Lured
  • 6.
    No Show
  • 7.
    The Motherlode
  • 8.
    Keep It to Myself
  • 9.
    Costa Mesa
  • 10.
    Life on the 30th Floor


PB Army's Keith Bergman likes to describe Inebriates, Equivocators and Mockers of the Devil Himself as "stoner-pop-metal." Some might take that to mean that they're fusing stoner rock and pop-metal -- perhaps Fu Manchu, Orange Goblin, Goatsnake, and Eyehategod by way of Warrant, Poison, and Bon Jovi. That's an intriguing idea, certainly, but it isn't what PB Army is going for on this promising debut album. Rather, singer/drummer Bergman seems to mean pop as in highly melodic -- pop as in having a sense of craftsmanship and operating from the premise that headbangers don't have to govern by brute force alone. This 2002 session has most of the familiar stoner rock ingredients: a definite Black Sabbath influence, fuzzy guitars, and an appreciation of Seattle's late '80s/early '90s grunge. But PB Army has a cleaner sound than most stoner bands, and they obviously appreciate the fact that a lot of '70s metal bands -- including Sabbath -- were highly musical. They realize that Ozzy Osbourne and his colleagues had more than riffs and amplifiers -- they had songs. Sabbath had a commitment to melody -- a fact that wasn't lost on the Cardigans when they provided dream pop/shoegazer interpretations of "Iron Man" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" in the '90s -- and so did Budgie and Blue Oyster Cult, two other '70s combos that have influenced PB Army. In fact, just about every band that has affected PB in some way -- a list that ranges from those '70s headbangers to Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Voivod, and Nirvana -- realized that loudness and musicality aren't mutually exclusive. For all its forcefulness and aggression, this CD isn't brutal -- invigorating and intense, but not hammer-to-the-skull brutal the way a metal-core outfit like Brick Bath is brutal. PB Army's debut falls short of groundbreaking; regardless, this is among the more memorable stoner recordings of 2002. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

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