JEFF WALKER UND DIE FLUFFERS - "Welcome To Carcass Cuntry" - 2006 - FRACTURED TRANSMITTER
1."The Man Comes Around" 2."I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" 3."You're Still On My Mind" 4."Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" 5."Mississippi" 6."I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" 7."I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" 8."Once A Day" 9."The End Of The World" 10."Rocky Mountain High" 11."Keep On Rocking In The Freeworld"
While many seem to write this one off as just another novelty album, I can't seem to get enough of it. Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS) has done the unimaginable. He has assembled troops from some early European death, doom, and grind bands and released an album of classic country music covers. This may be one of the quirkiest undertakings in the history of metal.
Joining Walker on this venture are fellow former members of CARCASS Ken Owen and Bill Steer (the latter plays some awesome leads on this). However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Other noticeable faces on this opus are members or former members of AMORPHIS, ENTOMBED, PARADISE LOST, ANATHEMA, FAITH NO MORE, NAPALM DEATH, and many more.
Musically, the songs on this album retain their country spirit and credibility, but they are played with metal instrumentation. There are nuances and sound effects added to spice them up, even. At times, Walker's gravelly voice sounds reminiscent of Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine. Other times, he dares us with bastardized vocal melody. He will be the first to tell you not to take this serious. It was meant to be funny. Hell, what else could it be? Covering songs by JOHNNY CASH, HANK WILLIAMS, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, JOHN DENVER, etc. is a bold statement from a man who has spent nearly a decade completely invisible in the music world. If you have a musical sense of humor, you will dig this, if you don't, don't bother.
Sit back in your grandpa's rockin' chair, crack open a beer (or some whiskey), throw this on, and laugh away your troubles.
--Death Metal Shawn 12.04.06
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