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Molly Hatchet - 2012 Regrinding The Steel

ARTIST: Molly Hatchet
ALBUM: Regrinding The Steel
LABEL: Mausoleum
SERIAL: 251129
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Phil McCormack - vocals * Dave Hlubek - guitar * Bobby Ingram - guitar * Tim Lindsey - bass * Scott Craig - drums * John Galvin - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad To The Bone * 02 Mississippi Queen * 03 Free Bird * 04 Back in the U.S.S.R. * 05 Sharp Dressed Man * 06 The Boys Are Back In Town * 07 Tumbling Dice * 08 Dreams I'll Never See * 09 Melissa * 10 Wild Horses * 11 Tequila Sunrise * 12 Yesterday * 13 Get In The Game * 14 Layla (Guitar Solo) * 15 Dreams I'll Never See



Is there anyone who was aware this album actually existed? Initially I thought it was a new studio album, but when I saw the release date of May 2012 it made sense, seeing I was still in Afghanistan and oblivious to the normal world. Its lack of profile is probably due to it being a covers album - and a brutally uninspired one at that. I've never been fond of these albums and sadly Hatchet bear witness again as to why. Just look at the song selections above. Does that whet your appetite? Talk about stale and redundant choices. Hatchet's last album 'Justice' wasn't great, but I'd rather hear an average new studio album than this act of desperation. What's more shameful is the band released most of these songs in 2008 on their 'Southern Rock Masters' album of covers. Maybe they figured if nobody noticed then, they wouldn't now. The band signed to classic Belgian metal label Mausoleum for this album, following years with German label SPV. I imagine Nuclear Blast or Relapse Records is next.

The Songs
The one thing Hatchet has in their favor is a fairly constant lineup, with the ludicrous shuffles of the past indeed that. That doesn't quash this albums mediocrity though, and right from the start it's an onslaught of worn out covers, with 'Bad To The Bone' handled in ragged fashion, McCormack unable to grasp the vocals properly. Like most of you I suspect, the prospect of sitting through 'Mississippi Queen' is tenuous at best, but try enduring 'Freebird', I dare you. As overplayed as the original is, there's still no way it could ever be improved upon and to call this pointless would be kind. I recall a live version on 1985's 'Double Trouble' but that could be excused, this retread can't be. Their Beatles fetish is explored on 'Back In The U.S.S.R'. and 'Yesterday', another pair of dull choices in anybody's book. I'm sure the lure of hearing covers of 'Sharp Dressed Man' and 'The Boys Are Back In Town' have most of you fumbling for your credit cards to snap up this feast of ineptness. McCormack sounds so labored trying to sing these it's as if he's ready to expire. It's the Rolling Stones turn next, with 'Wild Horses' and 'Tumbling Dice' the offenders on this occasion. It must have taken these guys seconds to decide on these choices. The fact they re-recorded covers they'd already covered is the worst. That must be unheard of. In what must have been a challenge for Hatchet, they cover 'Dreams I'll Never See' which they've been playing since they covered it on the 1978 debut. Is this a joke? The Allman Brothers also have 'Melissa' plundered by Hatchet too and the set is completed by yet another yawner, 'Tequila Sunrise'. For some reason they don't throw in 'Desperado' from the 08 covers set to complete the predictable Eagles covers. There's three 'bonus' tracks, including a live version of 'Dreams I'll Never See', because once (twice, three, four?) times isn't enough. 'Get In The Game' from 2005's 'Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge' gets thrown in too, but that's not all; how about a ten minute version of the guitar solo from 'Layla'? I'm not making this up. This album is not a figment of someone's distorted reality.

In Summary
There's little more to add other than this being a disgusting release, with even less relevance than the recent live Whitesnake albums. If this is the best Hatchet is capable of then perhaps it's time to hang it up for good. Maybe there's still a bar room market for their live gigs in offbeat Midwest towns like Monmouth, Illinois (where I saw them in 05) but following this disgrace I've lost all respect for them. Now I wish I'd never heard of this at all.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 15 2013 12:28:28
I wonder if this article can beat Iron Maiden's record of 10,000 plus views!
#2 | RobVox66 on July 16 2013 03:02:31
This is, without a doubt, the most hilarious review I have ever read... I am,literally, laughing so hard now, I can barely type! That being said, this album sounds like it's a complete pile of shit and will absolutely avoid it like the plague!
#3 | gdazegod on July 16 2013 04:24:25
It's on my 'no fly zone' list too!
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