Released: 2001, Tungsten Records
Louisiana’s Tungsten have been around for quite a while, about 10 years and are true survivors. After a brief flirtation with fame in the 93 on the Pavement label, they dropped back deep into the underground releasing three more CD’s this being the most recent.
A total do it yourself affair, this disc is obviously an independent product with fairly substandard packaging for these guys, a dull cover, no lyrics, homemade cover etc. That is OK, they must have opted to spend the extra coin in the studio because the production is very solid for an self-produced CD. Great production and good songs is where Tungsten’s experience shines through.
Musically Tungsten have gone into a bit of a lighter, more accessible, groovy death rock vibe reminding me at times of newer Entombed. There is lots of bass and driving rhythms and very little shred-type soloing. The songs are catchy and add a few interesting elements like the flute (or flute like sounds) on the last cut “So Far Away” the opening cut, “Who’s Drinking with The Devil Tonight” is so good you get a hangover just listening to it.
I really like the newer direction of this stripped down groove death rock (man I hate these over-classifications!) and Al Hodges voice really suits this style of music. Lyrically the band doesn’t offer much that is startling unique or interesting but for these good-time drinking songs that is not surprising. All in all these short and sweet, punchy and punch-drunk tunes have touches of Trouble, Cathedral and all those other very cool bands.
Check them out at http://www.tungstenmusic.com