Artist: Molly Hatchet
Title: “Molly Hatchet”
Molly Hatchet arrived late in the Southern rock boom of the ’70s, with the Jacksonville, Fla., group dropping its self-titled debut in 1978.
Unlike Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band or Outlaws, Molly Hatchet attacks more aggressively.
On “Gator Country,” the finest song on “Molly Hatchet,” the group’s three-guitar assault lurches to life in a lengthy, three-minute-long fade out.
The song also trash talks the Southern rock competition. With regard to Alabama, Danny Joe Brown sings, “Skynyrd says it’s a real sweet home, but it ain’t nothin’ to me.”
The guitar fills in the background make “The Creeper” a thick, slow-churned froth of crunchy guitar goodness.
Brown, who came and went as the band’s singer before his 2005 death, distinguishes his earthy growl from the outset, making the first words heard on the record a soaring “Hell yeah!” war cry.
Hatchet are nothing flashy, but they do bring an oomph other Southern rockers of the era lacked. If Skynyrd’s meanest wasn’t heavy enough for you, “Molly Hatchet” might do the trick.
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