The Lords of Altamont 

To Hell With the Lords (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

Their name may reference the Rolling Stones' most notorious concert, the 1969 disaster that unofficially ended the '60s, but the Lords of Altamont are not directly descended from the Stones. A more accurate lineage can be traced to the frustrated groups who, back in the late '60s -- when the Stones were bigger than any band could ever dream of being -- tried to take what the Stones had done musically one step further, mixing blues, rock, and psychedelia with a snotty attitude. It's from those bands -- from the fuzzy guitars and spooky organ sounds of the Third Bardo, the Litter, and the Sonics -- that the Lords of Altamont take their inspiration.

To Hell With the Lords kicks off with the blaring guitars of Johnny DaVilla and Shawn Medina, revving into gear with "The Split," a song that soon morphs into a surfy, psychedelic freakout propelled by the wild-man drumming of "Mad Max" Edison. Lead singer and organist Jake Cavaliere unleashes fierce vocals brimming with menace and inspired lunacy in songs like "Too Old to Die," "Twisted Love," and "Dementia Are Go."

The 12 tracks on To Hell With the Lords affirm that, like the Cramps before them, the Lords of Altamont are on a mission to restore raw power to rock and roll by looking back to its twisted beginnings.

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