Lord Sterling CD review [Rubric]

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Lord Sterling CD review [Rubric]
Oct 1, 2002, 03:33

LORD STERLING Weapon of Truth CD

Lord Sterling front man Bink Ryan's aggressive bellow is full of testosterone and torture, but he manages complete coherence on each and every track. This guy can howl and enunciate, and it sounds like Mr. Clean did the producing on Weapon of Truth. File this band as an up-and-comer in the stoner rock genre—a New Jersey outfit that's spent a lot of time with old Sabbath and Black Flag records—and now competes for attention with bands like Queens of the Stone Age.

Weapon of Truth sprays harmonium, a Hammond and a cello across the top of the mix in songs like “Dead in Orbit” and “Too High for a Fool.” Then it chucks 'em all in the corner and empties one last clip at ya, but this time it's the heavy artillery—just deep, clanging guitar grooves, a hypnotic backbeat and Ryan's tortured yowl.

These guys are coiled tight and they seem to cling to the edge between metal abandon and musical discipline. They even try to write meaningful lyrics and include them in the liner notes for you to admire. The words aren't embarrassing, but it's the rock that really matters. As Bink bellows on the title track: “Let's get telepathic, words get in the way.”

I couldn't have said it better myself.

-Michael Coleman

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