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Classic Album Review: Raging Slab | Pronounced Eat Shit

The monster-boogie kings unleash another batch of greasy, buckskin-fringed treats.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The title and cover are a blatant tip of the Confederate cap to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first album. But Yankee monster-boogie kings Raging Slab aren’t just some gang of Southern rock retro-rebels.

Fronted by the rusty pipes and puntastic lyrics of vowel-challenged guitarist Greg Strzempka, powered by the thundering dementia of bassist Alec Morton and a long string of drummers, and — most distinctively — topped by the fierce Doppler-effect slide guitar of rawk gawdess Elyse Steinman, the Slab have kept on truckin’ for nearly two decades, delivering supersonic riffage to a mostly catatonic marketplace. Their latest album, the superbly titled Pronounced Eat Shit, is another link in the chain, with the band shucking, jiving and choogalooing through another list of greasy, buckskin-boogie treats like Boogalooser, Shake What You Can and Miss Delicious. A preponderance of songs about death and some decidedly unflattering production prevent this from being the band’s finest hour (for my money, they haven’t topped their 1987 debut Assmaster). Nevertheless, even second-tier Slab is twice as cool as most of the Southern stoner-rock losers out there. And if you don’t like it, you know what to do. And how to pronounce it.