Pig Iron: IV – album review
Pig Iron play two types of music: ‘Heavy’ and ‘Rock’. Chris Hearn takes a listen to their new album, and keep an eye on Louder Than War for an upcoming interview.
Well, these guys have got the whole southern rock, blues, Texas metal, classic rock sound down pat. This is The Black Crowes, Drivinâ nâ Cryinâ, the London Quireboys, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers along with some Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin stuck into a whiskey bottle and shaken vigorously before being poured out at Sturgis or Daytona Bike Week. You can smell the Harley exhaust coming off this album. Itâs leather clad music meant to ride on an iron horse. These guys are from the UK? Sure they ainât from the Deep South??
Apparently the current line-up includes a new guitarist by the name of Dan Edwards. Ya, all I can say about that is they picked themselves up a wicked guitar player here. His talents shine throughout the album, but he completely owns songs like ‘Good Man, Poor Man’ and ‘Bootlace Noose’ with his growly solos. There are plenty of âdueling guitarâ moments, which I canât figure out. There is only one guitarist listed, so how this translates live has me scratching my head. Vocalist Johnny Ogle has a powerful set of lungs. His voice may not always agree with me, but thatâs just a personal preference thing. Heâs a good singer and I donât want to take away from that. High Gilmour on bass and Joe Smith on drums rounds out the rest of the band.
I am going to be honest and say that I wish these guys had a bit more money behind them. DIY is always cool, but you know what, sometimes a band needs something a little slicker to put them up to the next level. This is a band that could do with a well-produced video and some real money behind them. I donât mean to completely trash their video for ‘Digginâ In The Well’ which you will find below. But, a larger budget and a better production team could really help with the bands image. The talent is here, I believe and with a bit of investment I think they can have a farther reach. As the story goes, this is the first album to be released on Cherry Red Recordâs newest imprint devoted specifically to heavy metal and hard rock music, called Hear No Evil Recordings. Maybe this will help? It will be interesting to see what this new relationship can produce.
Regardless, IV is a solid rock album. These boys do have talent. Pig Iron is a good rock and roll band. This album isnât up on my list of top albums of the year; its hit (‘Horseshoes and Hand Grenades’) or miss (‘The Curse of an Aching Heart’) at times. But itâs still a decent listen thatâs worth the time if you are into this kind of thing. And if you wear a leather jacket and biker boots, have a deep seeded desire to ride a big, gnarly bike, or even just like good blues and southern metal, then saddle up and take a listen to Pig Iron.
All words by Chris Hearn. more writing by Chris on Louder Than War can be found here.