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The Tug Fork River Band

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Being from the South, I’ve always been a fan of Southern rock and roll. With the amount of flavors of metal out there to listen to (thrash, death, grind, whatever), I’ve always loved the “metal with that Southern twinge” combination. The Tug Fork River Band does a wonderful job of it and have continued that pace on Vultures. It’s an EP release, a five-song barrage to follow-up their acclaimed debut, Catch For Us The Metal. Even though Catch For Us… was a solid release, they do everything better on the EP: The singing vocals are not only sung better, but the melodies are better as well. The Southern “country metal” instrumental breaks are better. The flow of the record is great, an improvement on one of my criticisms of CFUTM. For an EP, it’s a great way to whet your TTFRB whistle while waiting for their next full release. For fans of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster.


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