April 3, 2008

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Saving Abel, Saving Abel
Virgin Records, March 11
Saving Abel are part of the messed-up new generation of post-Molly Hatchet southern-rockers, struggling to get porno chicks and find their way in a world where it’s not copacetic for bands to come right out and say they’re mostly in it for porno chicks and pinching out totally awesome guitar solos. There has to be something deeper and more cynical these days.

Fortunately for these guys, they’re from a backwater grease-spot of a small Mississippi town, where they were probably subjected to Big & Rich playing on the F-150’s stereo while the jocks beat their heads in, so there’s even more real live country smuggled into their Collective Soul/Stone Temple Pilots-tinged rodeo-metal than the genre deserves. They’ve been touring with over-the-top emo-metal band Sick Puppies for a while now, so the days of their doing real country-metal crossover are probably numbered, but at this stage they could just as well open for Big & Rich, who, in an ironic twist of fate, would probably dig the idea. B+Eric W. Saeger