PB Army
"Inebriates, Equivocators, and Mockers of the Devil Himself"

(Sin Klub Entertainment 2003)PB Army - Inebriates, Equivocators, and Mockers of the Devil Himself

Few rock bands would advertise themselves as pop. Even fewer would advertise themselves as being "stoner-pop-metal" as The PB Army do. And while those three words cover a rather broad spectrum, they seem the closest you'll get to describing The PB Army in today's label-oriented society. On "Inebriates, Equivocators, and Mockers of the Devil Himself," The PB Army characterize themselves with thick repetitive riffs, nonstop drums and melodic vocals that encourage repeated listens.

The PB Army opens their album with the riff heavy Kyuss-meets-Fu Manchu tale of paranoia that is "The Eye Is On You." With the second track, "Circle The Wagons," an album stand out, the band simply turns it up as the still heavy riffs meet the catchy vocals and the melodic vocals of "Acres of Tires" lends well to the great instrumentation that ends in a focused jam. The PB Army let on they're not all pop by showing their stoner rock roots on "Pretty Miss Zero/Preys Be The Lured" "“ two, seemingly, separate songs pieced together by repeating the fast initial part (with lyrics like "We'll drink till the sun comes up/Drinkin' wine from a Snoopy cup/I can't believe my luck/I had a harlot but I gave her up") three times before joining it with the slower, melodic second part ("Preys be the lured/So fuck what ya heard/Because the zeroes rule the world/And that goes double for the girls") "“ and their pop stoner rock side on "No Show" which features the line "Bitches like you will never know" after each line of the chorus.

Switching vocals for the catchy punk/stoner "The Motherlode," the band change their sound slightly and offer a tight bridge between verses. Starting off slow with a Kyuss-like sound on "Costa Mesa," another stand out, the song then progresses to a faster part when vocals join in and eventually the instrumental part decelerates and deconstructs itself before speeding up again. Closing with the sliding vocal line of "Life On The 30th Floor," drummer Keith Bergman's tight playing only adds to the heavy riffs as it has the entire album.

"Inebriates, Equivocators, and Mockers of the Devil Himself," with its catchy riffs and vocals will have you following along with each listen. While not reinventing anything, The PB Army fuse together sounds to create something not quite stoner but not quite straight rock. The instrumentation throughout the album remains tight and makes the album a good, fun listen.

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