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Classic Album Review: Roadsaw | Nationwide

The Boston stoner-rockers take you on a high-velocity white-knuckle ride.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Somewhere in their practice hall, I would not be surprised to find that these Boston stoner-rockers have a Black Sabbath poster or two. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Plenty of kindred spirits, from Kyuss to Fu Manchu, have worshipped at the altar of Osbourne and Iommi over the decades. But Roadsaw have truly sold their souls for rock ’n’ roll — Nationwide is a 40-minute, white-knuckle ride through a fierce landscape of bombastic thunder-groove, brain-shredding axe work, vocals soaring straight from the seventh circle of hell and bong-hit lyrics about “exorcism coming through on my stereo.” Fasten your seatbelts — these guys are as deadly and unstoppable as a truckload of dynamite barreling down a mountain road.