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Fist Fight in the Parking Lot: S/T
Fist Fight in the Parking Lot Review

Fist Fight in the Parking Lot: S/T

Heavy/Stoner Metal
3.5/5.0

If anything you got to love their name, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. I think you'll remember it. As for their music, it might stick with you, too.

Fist Fight in the Parking Lot Band Photo

Above, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot: the bloodied band after the fight, and one dude is drinking wine? Seriously?

Coming from the Pittsburgh area, which is known for traditional metal acts like Icarus Witch, FFITPL brings rock/metal with strong tones of doom and stoner metal. There's strong grooves in a heavy context, sometimes speedy (like within The Lone Gunman), across this album. There's nothing modern or contemporary about FFITPL's music. No hardcore, death metal vocals, and no post grunge shit. It's genuinely retro with gusto and integrity; if the whole heavy/stoner metal genre is your thing.

But here's a diificulty: (female) vocalist Abby Krizner is basically submerged or, better, suffocated, by the mix. Was this intentional or not? Whether there's a need to hear the lyrics or not, she seems reduced to an afterthought. The irony here is that my promo material came with a lyrics sheet; because the production/mix was fumbled?

Nevertheless, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot offers some strong heavy metal from the stoner side of things. They are definitely off the radar and the mainstream, and that's a very good thing. Check them out. Recommended.




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In Short

Fist Fight in the Parking Lot would suggest some rowdy keg-tapping hard rock, and then the fight. Rather FFITPL plumbs the depths of heavy and stoner metal with some appeal.

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