What a … sonic assault! This is arguably Ted’s best album in almost 25 years, if not ever…. seriously. The sound blends the best of Ted’s early albums with the Amboy Dukes (“Tooth, Fang & Claw”, “Call Of The Wild”) & his solo career with Epic (“Ted Nugent”, Cat Scratch Fever, and his last great album, Scream Dream ); and although I might be dreaming, there’s a heaviness to this that brings Megadeth & Metallica to mind. Ted’s guitar riffs have never sound this ferocious. The rhythm section of Ted Clufetos on drums and Marco Mendoza on bass give Ted the kick in the … he’s needed for the last 25 years. Ted has put all the other so called metal heavyweights on notice that he’s back and he ain’t goin’ nowhere.I bought Ted’s self-titled debut back in 1975 when I was a sophomore in high school. It was an revalation & inspiration to me…pure air-guitar, hard rockin’ heaven. Over 25 years later Terrible Ted has done it again…if you are a Ted Nugent fan you deserve this album, you need this album, you will thoroughly …This album is the most potent ammunition in Ted’s aresenal. …
Making his 31st recording, Craveman finds young Ted particularly amped and gloriously pissed off in a way that will remind fans of his earlier pivitol recordings. The album is rife with manifestos of fierce independence, sex and living out loud with titles like ’Crave’, ’Rawdogs & Warhogs’ and ’Pussywhipped.’ Spitfire. 2002.Craveman proves the Nuge proves can still churn out likeable, loutish lyrics with unwavering energy and conviction. ”Rawdogs & Warhogs” is ”Dog Eat Dog” for the new millennium, while ”Klstrphnky,” though offensive lyrically (”Look at all the dirty nookie / It’s all infected HIV!”), explores the nu metal vein with surprising musicality. While songs and solos sometimes sound recycled, Craveman is one of Nugent’s stronger recent efforts, thanks to well-crafted songs that are by turns patriotic, boastful, and silly. Ultimately, they’re as earthy, powerful, and primal as the macho man who’s created them. –Katherine Turman
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I’ll just simply state,THIS CD ROCKS AND ROCKS HARD!A must for Nuge fans and anyone else that enjoys great guitar.Vocals are great also, really raw and heavy.Don’t matter if you like his politics or not this cd can’t be denied!
This is a long awaited release for Nugent fans, and I am not disapointed. A fan since the 70’s, I have never lost my appetite for the screaming gibson byrdland of the motor city madman. Klustrfnky and Crave are bursting with the hardcore metal riffs Ted is famous for, and the new band sounds great. Nugent had help on this album from old bandmates Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw, those damn yankees!! The album is worth a buy for the two songs I mentioned alone. There are a few sleepers on the album, but overall I’d say its a keeper. Remember, “You cant grill it, till you kill it”!!
Like Alice Cooper, another legendary rocker who signed with metal indie Spitfire Records and returned with a new earth-shaking sound, Ted Nugent comes back after many years of semi-retirement and brings a rawer, heavier, new sound. With Cravemen, The Nuge strips his band down to a power trio and handles all guitars and vocals himself. This seems to give the album a more live, raw feel. But what has left my jaw hanging open about this album is just how heavy it is. Overall, it has a thick, modern sound that many times sounds very aggro. The only thing that is slick and polished about this disk is the album cover art. When I first started listening to this, I wondered if this wasn’t Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, also on Spitfire Records, for a second. Nugent’s voice, however, is easily recognizable. The opener, “KLSTRPHNKY” (pronounced cluster-funky) fires up the disk with jackhammer guitar riffs and Ted wildly screeching out the lyrics. Next is the anthem “Crave,” and I love the feedback driven instrumental coda at the end of the song. “Rawdogs and Warthogs” sounds like vintage Nugent with its main pedal point guitar riff (He’s known for these type of riffs!). The album just keeps going from there: just lots of loud in-your-face hard rock n roll, with no filler and plenty of tongue-in-cheek lyrics to go with the more serious lyrics about patriotism and being in the wild. The album closes with “Earthtones,” an excellent instrumental. In conclusion, I must salute Ted Nugent for not only returning to his hard rocking roots, but for turning up the heat with an album that sounds both fresh and classic. This mutha was worth the wait, and my speakers have been cursing the day that this CD was unleashed!
I’m not a big fan of Ted Nugent’s output from the last 10 years, but I love this album. Sure, Ted Nugent can be overbearing and downright itrritating, but if you can set that aside and listen to the music, there’s some real quality material here.”Craveman” starts of with the blistering, vocal chord straining “KLSTRPHNKY” and never lets go. While Ted hasn’t updated his lyrics, he has done a good job updating his sound. My favorite track has to be “At Home There”. Great vocals, a trance sound mingled with guitar — a great “road” song!While it seems that the vocals are set just a notch below the guitar work in terms of volume, it doesn’t really affect my enjoyment of the album. If you can get through some of the contrived songtitles (“Pussywhipped”, “Sexpot”, “Cum N Gitya”, and “My Baby Likes My Butter on Her Gritz”) and you’re a fan of hard rock — I think you’ll enjoy this album.