Eagles of Death Metal
Peace Love Death Metal
First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2004, Volume 11, #7
Written by T.J. Simon
The name is a joke. In fact, Eagles of Death Metal has as little to do with Glen Frey’s old band as it does with morbid, thrashing music. The bait and switch moniker is a gag contrived by singer-guitarist J. Everett Hughes (death metal handle: "J. Devil Huge") and drummer Carlo Von Sexron (death metal handle: "Baby Duck"), although the real inside skinny is that the latter is actually Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame. The story is that he and Hughes have been friends since childhood, and the group is their roots-oriented, garage-rock side-project.
Eagles of Death Metal’s debut Peace Love Death Metal is a raucous outing in the tradition of The White Stripes and North Mississippi Allstars, but after examining the packaging of the album, it’s clear that the group doesn’t take itself too seriously. As for the music, it is minimalist rock ’n‘ roll with little instrumentation other than Homme’s awesome drumming and Hughes’ blazing guitar. Unfortunately, Hughes’ vocal performance is touch-and-go as he adopts a Robert Plant-like falsetto on most of the blues-tinged songs. The best original composition on the disc is Speaking in Tongues, which sounds like an amped-up Jerry Lee Lewis tune. Other great moments include Miss Alissa and the Donovan-inspired San Berdoo Sunburn. The album also features a terrific boogie-woogie cover of Stealers Wheel’s Stuck in the Middle with You, which has been re-christened with the twisted humor Stuck in the Metal. Even songs with dumb filler lyrics — which applies to most of them, actually — win over the listener through the sheer exuberance and groovy joy of Eagles of Death Metal’s un-crowded guitar-plus-drums instrumentation. Granted, the raw sound of Peace Love Death Metal gives the impression that the band didn’t spend a ton of time in the studio recording multiple takes of each track, but, given that most of the 14 songs each last less than three minutes, even the so-so tunes (Kiss the Devil, Flames Go Higher) never have a chance to sink the collection. ½
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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