Yes, there are good bands present. High on Fire, Bad Wizard, Nebula, Clutch, the Hidden Hand, and Orange Goblin have all made records worth investigating. But without exception, their contributions to High Volume are tedious (and we never thought we'd say that about High on Fire or Bad Wizard, whose debut CD Free & Easy was the MC5 all over again, only meaner). Nope, this disc definitely doesn't bode well for the label it's inaugurating. It's not even a good introduction to the bands that are showcased -- and that's the worst thing of all. Just buy the full-length albums.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.