Amadan: Hell-Bent 4 Victory

Hell-Bent 4 Victory…I knew it was coming, I just had no idea it would be this good! What a surprize! I have to admit, I haven’t seen Amadan in quite awhile, so I had no idea what was in store for me when I first played the album. The sound is much more full on “Hell-Bent 4 Victory.” In fact, the album sounds nothing like their debut release: “Sons Of Liberty.” Somewhere down the line, The Amadan guys decided to plug in a guitar, and turn the volume up. They also added a full drum kit, a little bit o’ banjo, and some squeezebox action to their sound. It’s amazing to hear how much they’ve grown from their debut album to now.Truth be told, I’ve been listening to it for a full week, and can’t wait to see them live again. (They’ll be opening up for The Real McKenzie’s next month.)

The entire album is solid, from track 1 all the way to 12. Don’t believe me? go check out the Amadan website! Click on the two minute samples and you’ll soon be in complete agreement with me. Ten bucks says you’ll say “holy shit” at least once, possibly twice, and if not I still won’t pay up because i’ll know you’re lying! I’ve been trying to decide which songs stand out more than others, and it took me while, considering all of them are equally as good. I like the upbeat “Nevr 9to5” or the guest vocals of Paddy Buckley (f/Grafton Street & The Pagan Jug Band) on the semi-traditional “Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shores”. “Rhyme Of Remittance Man” was another standout. I also need to mention the last song on the album; “Horseshoes & Handgrenades”.

So there you go, a fan-fucking-tastic album that was recorded right here in Portland. Enjoy!

March 2004

Review By Brian Gillespie

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