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  • I am a big fan of Hank III. It was just a random chance when I learned of his AssJack album. After buying and listening to it here’s my impression:

    It’s not anything country at all. while “Straight To Hell” and “Damn Right, Rebel Proud” had their punk moments AssJack is as far away from Hank III’s hellbilly work as possible. It’s loud, heavy and has III’s distinctive twang. It’s a sonic assault all by III himself (he plays all the instruments).

    And while it’s a solid work it’s marred by being deliberately overdriven and marred by the heavy clipping. There was a review of the MP3 version which took aim at the poor audio quality. That person can be rest assured: The CD itself is badly clipped. And the clipping is more than magnified through lossy formats such as MP3. The extra-thick layering of the final mix certainly doesn’t get better when it hits 0dB. It’s great but suffers.

    It’s worth a listen. It’s only about a half-hour long but I still recommend it despite its flaws.

    Posted on January 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Hank III kicks it up a notch here. I always loved his solo stuff but this sound is way more up-tempo. I hope this is only the beginning. I look forward to more Assjack in the future. If you are into hard rock and like a different sound here is your CD.

    Posted on January 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I got into Hank 3’s music a few years back and I haven’t been let down. He definetely doesn’t water down any of his material. This album (to me) doesn’t sound anything like any of his previous works. This is not a country album by any means. The best way I could describe it is “In Your Face” hardcore presented in a style that only Hank 3 could deliver and nothing less!!!

    Posted on January 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • But thats not necessarily a bad thing. This is a lot heavier than the Hank III most people are used to. This is also not an outlaw country album. It is hard to classify but the closest I can come is metal or stoner rock. If you’re looking for the Hank III that you’re used to he’s not here (but it is the same guy). If you have heard the Assjack bootlegs that have been floating around for a while, than you know what you’re looking at here. Also, if you’ve seen Hank III in concert, than this is the band he comes out and does the second half of the show with. If you are into, Assjack or stoner metal than this is a pretty good album. You get the stoner metal sound but with Hank’s song writing ability, which is phonomenal. If you’ve only heard Hank III, and you’re looking at this album, just preview the tracks (right here on Amazon) before you pick it up. If you know Assjack or are into a heavy sound, than pick this album up right away. This album is a great represnetation of the other side of Hank III.

    Posted on January 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is NOT supposed to be a alternative country album. It is simply metal through and through. The Assjack band is Hanks metal output. Anyone buying this album should expect nothing else. An artist is free to express themselves in many ways and not always the ways we expect. Thats what they do. As an album it is excellent for its genre. If you like hard rock/metal dont think twice about getting it!

    Posted on January 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now