Monday, January 17, 2011

Suplecs - Mad Oak Redoux

Mad Oak Redoux
Small Stone

New Orleans ain’t all about migraine metal, zydeco and Treme soundtrack music (not that there’s a thing wrong with any of those things). The city on the bayou is also home to the mighty Suplecs, a power trio with a rocket in its pocket and a boozy grin on its face. Mad Oak Redoux, the band’s fourth album (and first in several years), reasserts the group’s ability to balance groove and volume, thumping foreheads with metallic bruisers Stand Alone, Stepped On and Switchblade. But there’s as much brain as brawn in Suplecs’ approach – give a spin to Worlds On Fire, which switches from Motorhead choogle to haunted chorus, or the moody space metal of 2 x 4, or Once Again, which saturates the clamor with bluesy soul. Better still check out FEMA Man, a snarky paean to forced relocation delivered in a hip-hop/stoner rock hybrid that should give the Beastie Boys a few new ideas. All told, Suplecs reaches a whole new level on Mad Oak Redoux, its most varied, creative LP.

- Michael Toland
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