CD REVIEW: K'annibal Woman - K'annibal Woman (2011)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: K’annibal Woman
CD: K’annibal Woman
Genre: Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Grunge
Sounds Like: Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Flag
Technical Grade: 5/10
Weakness: Mix, Dated Sound, Marketability
K’annibal Woman is a unique music project from Tulalip, WA. Band members include: Guy Madison (guitar/vocals), Richard Madison (vocals) and Curtis Taylor (drums). Their latest CD is entitled Woman and was released in 2011.
The CD explodes in your face with intro piece “Headhunter” a furious intro piece that hits hard with its thrashing punk rock rhythms, thunderous guitar chords and psychotic rock vibe. Track 2 delivers more of the same raw intensity with “Fever”, an aggressive follow up piece that slams your ears into submission with its aggressive bluesy rock feel and no holds barred lyrical content. Track 3 “Coming for You” shifts gears a bit with its dynamic flow and ebb that whips you around like a wild tornado, with melodic guitar and dynamic vocal intensity from Madison. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear many musical influences ranging from Deep Purple, Jimmy Hendricks, X, Motorhead, Black Sabbath and even classic Clash, Suicidal Tendencies and Black Flag. The music has everything you would expect from a high-octane rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty and deep in your grill and the guitar playing is hot to the touch. Make no bones about it this is total mosh pit madness - Seattle style. The songs themselves are reckless and packed to the hilt with psychedelic-grunge-rock intensity and lyrical content that takes no prisoners. Madison's vocal style works well with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. His guitar playing definitely holds its own dishing out impressive bluesy-rock solos that will make your head spin. Rhythm section is thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer song for song intensity. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From melodic “Sweet Love”, to dynamic “Fire on the Water”, to hard hitting "Stomp-In”, rocking “Warrior” and “Rez Rat” this CD pretty much has something for everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “War Canoe’s” the perfect faille statement for a CD of this caliber.
The mix is not what I would call legendary, but actually manages to keep its head above water delivering a raw, yet vintage garage band sound that actually fits this style of music well. Having said that, a world class mix would have made this experience even more up-close and personal. As a result the CD lacks serious bottom end punch and high end clarity. Overall it sounds relatively thin lacking depth, variety and has a lackluster sound quality. This mix would be a cutting edge musical production if it was 1970, unfortunately it's 2012 and the bar is set really high for artists like K’annibal Woman when it comes to mixing quality. Most of the songs are quick, short winded bursts that rapidly come at you but it’s fair to say the sound is a bit dated. The rap segment on "Fever" feels out of place to me and doesn’t math the style of music very well. I fully realize thus is a subjective art form, but many of the aforementioned issues affect the CD’s overall marketability.
This latest release from K’annibal Woman is a solid and consistent CD from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live. The music is nitty gritty, yet heavy and consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. The messages are intense and beware this CD may cause your ears to bleed. Overall this latest CD from K’annibal Woman packs a powerful punch and takes no prisoners.