CD – 'Nothing Sacred'
The title track, which leads off this CD, begins with the voice
of a man saying, “Honey, I’m home.” Then he
asks why the door is locked as the music begins. In the middle
of the song, Steve Kyle sarcastically recites a minister’s
instructions during a wedding ceremony. Yup, nothing sacred here.
This in-your-face attitude continues all through this heavy CD.
This trio puts out a full sound, Kyle on guitars, Nathan Floyd
on bass, and Bob Taylor on drums.
Rebel Train calls themselves southern influenced, and their name
certainly sounds like it, but all I hear is rock influenced by
Kyle sings instead of screams and his guitar is not tuned down
to sludge level, so they do not quite fit the metal category.
“On the Wing” sounds suspiciously like a ballad. Kyle
plays a nifty Dobro on “Shotgun Wedding”. And the
lyrics are not of the dungeons and dragons/hellbound/fantasy variety.
Instead, on these songs all written by the band, we have three
guys whose success with women is about the same as the United
States’ progress in conquering Iraq. “Till death do
you part/weighs on me like a murder charge” and “If
you think things are so complicated/you might just try to sit
back and shut your mouth” are two examples of the lyrics.
The band compares themselves to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and ZZ Top. Again,
I don’t see it. But they rock just as hard.
Website at http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palms/6334
(it can be reached from www.rebeltrain.com).
- Dave Howell