BUCK SATAN AND THE 666 SHOOTERS - Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free!

Buck Satan And The 666 Shooters - Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free!

12 songs
50:43 minutes
***** ****
13 Planet


Al Jourgensen is undisputedly one of the most controversial figures in the metal circus. While some idolise him, others despise him because of his rather peculiar sense of humour. But no matter what your opinion is, it is undeniable that this man is open for everything. This isn’t meant as a nod to his past drug endeavours, but to his vast musical work. Ministry were not only the pioneers of industrial metal, but also the most popular band of the genre. Furthermore he achieved quite some fame with the more electronic oriented Revolting Cocks and Lard who employed punk legend Jello Biafra on vocals.

Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters is once again something completely different, with Al Jourgenson showing his affinities to country music. The album title Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free! reveals that the band is up to some serious mischief, and the coarse vocals are brimming with provocation. Jourgensen’s three band members are by the way Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick fame, Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis) and Tony Campos (Static-X). These musicians’ original bands all sound very different from one another, but they still managed somehow to find a common denominator in country music. A friend of mine who hardly listens to metal but instead prefers country and western was truly amazed by Buck Satan. This may be due to the traditional way country is tackled, played with classic instruments like violin, banjo, accordion and mouth harp. The songs are all kept rather simple, but at a brisk pace, which allows even a metalhead like me to be carried away by these unusual rhythms. Occasionally the songs have a sentimental touch, but thanks to Al Jourgensen’s whiskey-stained voice, things never sound too cheesy. The music is absolutely not extreme, but mainstream country fans might be scared away by the rude lyrics and the rather rough vocals. Let’s face it: John Denver sounds more civilised than Buck Satan.

Even though this album has nothing to do with metal or industrial, one might still get a kick out of it, provided a necessary sense of humour. Al Jourgensen has always been and still is a phenomenal storyteller, and I am quite convinced that in the future I will listen to Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free! some more.

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