Released: 2015, Raw Lines
After a promising 2012 EP titled HARD, LOUD, AND ALCOHOLIC, which I reviewed here on Metal Rules, Beggars On Highway offers up their full-length debut, ONION EATERS. Formed in Parma, Italy in 2010, ONION EATERS continues the band’s unpretentious blend of punk, sleaze metal and garage rock. While the EP was recorded in only 25 hours, you can hear that more time has been devoted to ONION EATERS. The sound is fuller, but the music is still loud and in your face, delivered with an off-balance sucker punch, that will have you and the band stumbling for your bed after an all-nighter.
Lyrically, the guys covers a wide range with the main focus on drinking and having a good time. Still, you gotta love songs named “Klaatu, Verada, Nikto”, featured most memorably in the film ARMY OF DARKNESS, but as most fans know, was also the name of the robot in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. The song is cool musically too, being an energetic power chord shifter and ending with an Italian accented “Give me some sugar baby.” It fits perfectly with the band’s good-time style. No album could be complete without raging against vegetarians of course, which is the topic of “Fuck The Vegs”, a fast power chord shifter, with an appropriate amount of chug. Offering a healthy dose of Nashville Pussy and Motorhead is “Soap Maker Woman”, which probably refers Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli who killed three women and turned their bodies into soap.
Stylistically, closest points of reference would be Nashville Pussy and Motorhead, with tiny doses of AC/DC and The Ramones thrown in for good measure. Alessandro Angella’s vocals are full of enthusiasm and at times sounds like he is singing with a mouthful of spit, ready to hurl retaliation at the first punker that spits on him. Impressively thickening things with an underlying thump is the bass work of Dimitri Corradini, which definitely adds a welcome low end to things. ONION EATERS is an album made specifically to be a soundtrack to backyard parties, prodigious imbibing, and having good time. It’s not complex and there is not much variety, but it will get things started