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CD Review: Big Business

Mind the Drift (Hydra Head)

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On album No. 3, Big Business continue on their quest to blow out speakers, puncture drum heads, piss off your parents, cultivate new forms of head-banging and bulldoze the bullshit that passes for hard rock these days. This time they've enlisted six-string mercenary Toshi Kasai to join them on their quest. Don't worry. Kasai's guitar playing doesn't diminish the fabulous scum-thickened low-end devastation that original members Coady Willis and Jared Warren have put in place. Instead, he adds some Zappa-esque flare to the monstrous sludge-fest that Big Business perfected on their previous albums. If anything has changed on Mind the Drift, the band now sounds a bit more proggy. Warren's vocals are more elaborate and soaring, the jackhammer tempos now shift and sway, and playful, carnival asides and major-key stadium celebrations leap from the dark stoner-metal cadences you've come to expect. It's not exactly Big Business' White Album, but it is enough of a songwriting step forward to make it clear that these dudes are in it for the long haul. — Matt Whelihan

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