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The Music Cartel

New genre: truckercore. You mix a healthy hardcore (and some metal) background with a life that looks towards the road, and there it is. Fronted by Karl Agell and Phil Swisher from good ol’ Corrosion of Conformity, Leadfoot’s sound is what I would imagine a very heavy Black Oak Arkansas would sound like if covered by, say a band like, well, how about C.O.C.?

I add the trucker/road element because even though lyrically it’s loaded with hardcore socio-political commentary (e.g., “Young Dumb Snake” and “Throwing Out the Baby”), the sound is all two-lane blacktop. “Soul Full of Lies” is loaded with heavy, southern-tinged funk and waa-waa; I got visions of truckers gathering around pulsating bonfires and getting stoked for the next 48-hour straight haul. Karl Agell’s vocals are a perfect match for a “Black Skynyrd” band like this; damn, “Roll All Over You” is heavy, like the Cult meets Soundgarden meets C.O.C. meets Z.Z. Top. Everyone who longs for the “heavy” days should be impressed by this record. The Music Cartel, 106 West 32nd Street, 3rd Floor, New York City, NY 10001

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