Artimus Pyledriver 

Artimus Pyledriver

Artimus Pyledriver, Atlanta's no-bullshit boogie-metal boys, aren't pretty and don't give a damn about churning out easy-going melodies. These guys take that stoned '70s afterglow and add an unrelenting twin-guitar attack, pummeling the tunes into a double-barreled explosion of Sabbath and Skynyrd.

The band offers galvanizing odes to cars, girls and whiskey, all delivered with an uncompromising Southern accent. On record, the guys don't tamper much with their live sound, wailing through a 45-minute aural assault. Often their images unwind in a tense, testosterone-fueled blur of easy women ("Dirt Road White Girl") and the open road ("Ride On"). The self-titled disc is basically the same hard-to-find album issued last year by cool Belgian indie Buzzville. Released 6/6/06, the Pyledriver's blue-collar gospel has been delivered domestically by N.Y.-based DRT, kickin' and screamin' across America with an additional track ("Gone to the Mountain") missing from the foreign package. 4 stars.

Artimus Pyledriver plays the Star Bar Sat., June 3.

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