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Crucified Barbara: Till Death Do Us Party

Crucified Barbara: Till Death Do Us Party

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

There's an apocryphal story about Motorhead's Lemmy addressing his detractors who wondered why he would support and tour with Girlschool back in the day. In his raw style and swagger, he said something to the affect, Why not? They can play better than you. He might say the same if he heard Crucified Barbara's sophomore effort 'Till Death Do Us Party,' a full throttle platter of non-stop hard rock and heavy metal. The gals lack nothing in enthusiasm, swagger, and the ability to deliver some kick-ass, bang your head music.

Frankly, I was duly unimpressed by 2007's 'In Distortion We Trust;' I found it to be stereotypical rock meets punk, 'didn't Joan Jett do it better,' girl rock. 'Till Death Do Us Party' turns that whole disc on it's head. Crucified Barbara is harder, rowdier, tighter, and more musically savvy than ever before. Throughout they easily blur the lines between hard rock and heavy metal dishing out bombastic riffs and killer solos over an aggressive rhythm section with killer (and catchy) arrangements. Though there are a great many rockers here, I was most impressed Pain & Pleasure, Sex Action, Creatures, and the best song on the album, Rats. A hearty kudo should also go to Jennyfer, the closest to mellow you'll find on this work, where Mia teams up with producer Mats Levén for an awesome hard rock duet.

Previously, I dismissed Crucified Barbara as another girl gang who's best assets where found in their pants. With 'Till Death Do Us Party,' Crucified Barbara has risen above three chords and distortion to deliver some huge heavy rockers that will have the boys drooling for other reasons. Of course, that's before Crucified Barbara either kicks their collective asses or drinks them under the table. Look out boys, these girls have come to rock!

In Short

With 'Till Death Do Us Party,' Crucified Barbara has risen above three chords and distortion to deliver some huge heavy rockers that will have the boys drooling for other reasons. Of course, that's before Crucified Barbara either kicks their collective asses or drinks them under the table. Look out boys, these girls have come to rock!

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