But unlike most aging bands, whose adherence to their guns is mainly the result of rusty buildup, Zeke continues to spit-shine its sound. What was once a Supersuckers Jr. has turned into a trashy speed-metal force that found its apex on 2002's Death Alley (Aces & Eights). On their return, they plunge further into the metal. The torrential opening trio of Motörheaded mayhem proves the layoff didn't force a major rethink. But it's such midtempo fist-pumpers as "Little Queen," "Hold Tight," and "Dolphenwulf" that have become their best punches.
The album's last two tunes grind down further -- for these speed demons, they almost qualify as psychedelic -- proving that Zeke's willing to start forging a different future. If they're still spinning their wheels, pity the fool who's in their way when they finally come unstuck.