Hurricane Mason, Cast Iron Constitution

Chuck Eddy

By Chuck Eddy

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Badass, chugging Southern rock.

First off, badass CD cover — a great big American buffalo bison, an extremely manly animal. And these Tulsa, Oklahomans sound badass, too: For instance, "Head Up in the Clouds" is a good, long 8:13 choogle about getting 'nekkid in New Orleans that stretches out into a winding Allmans-esque ending; "Killer Machine" is a heavy brooder with a Nazareth-style buildup; and "Spare Change" an open-road biker ballad that steps on the gas. Matt Mason's second-tier Southern rock vocals don't always do his words justice, but still: Is this what Springsteen's pre-debut-album Jersey Shore metal band Steel Mill sounded like? Could be.