Classical US-Heavy Metal is the metier of American quintet CLUBBER LANG on their "The Pain" CD with six tracks altogether. In those they have thoroughly assimilated the sound of the Eighties, with a little ingredient of some 90s sound.
In a clear, but still a little muddy sounding production, the guys around mastermind Tony Vincent deliver some well done, if unspectacular Metal, which in the riffs remind me a little of BLACK SABBATH at times (I know, I'm most probably the only one to think so, but well, what should I do?), as in "The Pain", while "Lycanthrope" shows a very obvious influence of IRON MAIDEN in the opening lead guitar, while Maro Anthoni's vocals are not soaring in higher regions, but are in a more mid-pitched area, which fits the earthy sound of the guitars quite well.
The problem that I have with the songs is that they at times tend to get a bit repetitive, especially in and around the choruses, where the same line and melody are repeated too often, but without having the quality of being positively hypnotising. The guys mostly favour the mid-paced speed, at times also going towards slower passages, marking them off from quite a lot of the other bands. And the closing 8 minute monster called "Lonely Hiway"…
So unspectacular it is for sure, but if you go for pure and earthy Metal that has both feet firmly planted on the ground, then CLUBBER LANG could be something for you. (Online March 22, 2003)