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Texas Hippie Coalition - 2010 Rollin'

ARTIST: Texas Hippie Coalition
ALBUM: Rollin'
LABEL: Carved Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Big Dad Ritch - vocals * Randy Cooper - guitars * Crawfish - guitars * John Exall - bass * Ryan Bennett - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intervention * 02 Flawed * 03 Rollin' * 04 Jesus Freak * 05 Pissed Off And Mad About It * 06 Groupie Girl * 07 Saddle Sore * 08 Cocked And Loaded * 09 Back From Hell * 10 Beg



The three letters which make up the acronym THC has a multitude of references. The most famous one of course is the pharmaceutical term tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active ingredient in the cannabis plant. THC also refers to a very heavy band called Texas Hippie Coalition, who have a recent album out called 'Rollin'. I'm certain these boys have been teased endlessly about their name, and with a album title like 'Rollin'.. well it could all be about 14 wheelers or perhaps it has a reference to a certain drug habit? Actually, it's in reference to a freight train - truth be told. The image of the band is as heavy as horses, and with a sound that combines Texas heavyweights ZZ Top, Pantera, chuck in some Black Label Society and perhaps a dash of Corrosion Of Conformity, then you've got a fair idea as to what THC are all about. From Denison Texas - right up there on the Texas/Oklahoma stateline, THC are all about metal with a southern rock n roll attitude, plus they are signed to a newish record label in Dallas called Carved Records.

The Songs
It's a fairly brutal opening that we encounter with 'Intervention', Big Dad Ritch providing the industrial strength vocals that occasionally drops into cookie monster mode, but the whole thing is pretty intense of the best part. It's like this across most of the album. Thudding bass lines introduce 'Flawed', the first section of lyrics was kinda tricky - kinda like HM poetry, eventually the riff heavy guitar batteries makes way for some sonic lead guitar overload. The title track 'Rollin' is next, slow grind intensity of the heaviest sort. Listening to 'Jesus Freak' would not entice bible bashing Christians to a THC gig anytime soon, with growling bass lines, demonic vocals and wall to wall guitars. Love the title of 'Pissed Off And Mad About It', you don't have to think too hard that this tune has a ton of attitude contained within. The album's change up moment is the initial cowpoke magic of 'Groupie Girl', gradually this one picks up pace by the time we reach the end. 'Saddle Sore' sounds as if it's a tribute to all things Texas while 'Cocked And Loaded' is a powerful intense slow burner, unlike 'Back From Hell' which slams ahead with double bass drums pounding out a solid backbeat. Finale 'Beg' alternates between quiet and loud passages, some would say there is subtlety within, but only if subtlety was measured in tonnage!

In Summary
There is no two ways about it. THC are a very heavy band, and after a promising start, this album could've upstaged a few current bands. But as we navigate through the album, the songs don't alter in structure a great deal, and the heaviness ends up sounding consistently the same all the way through. Sure, one or two change up moments occur, but not enough to provide variety and interest. I'm certain this band believe very much in what they are doing, but if THC's music were to represent the weather, all we would get is dark skies, thunder and lightning - and they'd be no room for sunny days. Still, for those of you into groove metal, or southern fried metal, then THC deserve your interest.

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#1 | gdazegod on January 11 2011 02:56:31
News from Headfirst Entertainment:

Rising metal heroes Texas Hippie Coalition are gearing up for a quick 4 day run through The Netherlands and Belgium from January 27 - 30, doing six shows in the four days.

Kicking off at The Rock Temple in Kerkrade on January 27, the band will tear through the Dutch countryside hitting Zwolle, Erp and Breada before wrapping things up in Antwerp, Belgium on January 30. "We're thrilled to be heading back to The Netherlands," says THC frontman, Big Dad Ritch. "We had such a great time there last summer playing the Bospop Festival and the world famous Melkweg in Amsterdam and we've been waiting to get back over and meet our Dutch friends again. Unfortunately, this means we will have to push our West Coast run back until a later time but we do hope to make those up as soon as possible."

The postponed dates include:

Jan. 10 - S. Lake Tahoe - Whiskey Dick's
Jan. 11 - Reno, NV - The Underground
Jan. 12 - Chico, CA - LaSalles
Jan. 21 - Fresno, CA - Starline
Jan. 22 - Tarzana, CA - Paladino's

The European dates are as follows:

Jan. 27 - Kerkrade, The Netherlands - The Rock Temple
Jan. 28 - Zwolle, The Netherlands - Hedon
Jan. 29 - Erp, The Netherlands - Monsters Of Mariaheide
Jan. 30 - Breada, The Netherlands - MEZZ
Jan. 30 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
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