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Audit in Progress by Hot Snakes

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Reviewed on 12th November 2004.


Audit in Progress

By Hot Snakes

Audit in Progress is the third delivering from these American post punk rockers and it's their most complete sounding album to date. Hot Snakes have lost none of their potency to create a hyper turbulent album that has more down strokes per minute than teenager on a playboy website.

This album still has the rawness of early At The Drive-in and fans of Q and not U would not feel like a mole in a rabbit hole with this record. Hot Snakes have kept the raw edge of Automatic Midnight but have created a more diversely layered sound that has a greater accessibility than their earlier albums.

Recorded at Big Fish Studios, Hot snakes apparently produced this album on an intense diet of jerky, Gatorade and tequila; and it shows the record spits out those "intense jerky grooves" (not my words) like a tommy gun.

"Braintrust" is an excellent ass kicker of an intro the riff simple, the bass dirty, drums pumping at a thousand miles per hour and vocals so raw it would take a thousand hall soothers to cure. "Hi-lites" is like The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster meets The Coral with a funky country riff that's been forced through Guy McKnight's twisted orifice whilst "Lovebirds" is the Modey Lemons playing fisticuffs with the Cedric and Omar.

The only negative spin I can put on this album is that this record eventually drags on bit as the same repetitive drum beats feels restricting to the record and there is a lack of constancy between the tracks "Kreative control" and "Hatchet Jobs" are mediocre but all in all this is another great little cracker from the Swami record guru himself.



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