Chances are if you like Southern Rock and/or Molly Hatchet, you’ll like this album; I’ve played it in it’s entirely many many times in the car, it’s a good one to listen to while driving. Everything works, there’s no clinkers to want to skip over like some other bands have. But by 1983 the genre was dying out and for whatever reason Hatchet in general doesn’t get a lot of respect. It should be noted that a version of Peacemakers is still played by the current band in their live shows.
2008 digitally remastered edition of this album from the Southern Rockers, originally released in 1983. With original vocalist Danny Joe Brown back in the fold, Molly Hatchet pulls out all the stops for this true rockin’ return to form. With New Wave and Synth Pop dominating the charts, Molly Hatchet’s refusal to change their musical approach was a breath of fresh air (although it did mean that their commercial value dropped a few notches). SPV.
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This album kinda reminds me of AC/DCs Flick of the Switch- both came out in 1983(a year when southern rock was withering on the vine) and they are both full of relentless toe tappers. This is the sound of honest hard driving redneck(that’s a good thing) rock. Ain’t Even Close, Under the Gun, and On the Prowl are no frills bar room slabs of southern rock chuck. Ain’t nothing deep in most of these lyrics, and I like it. Just good ole swagger rock(remember that). Danny Joe sings like he means it on Sweet Dixie. Fall Of The Peacemakers was the best song this band ever wrote with some nice references to John Lennon. Three guitars, a driving beat, and the soulful howl of Danny Joe Brown. I’ll drink to that.
IF YOU LOVE SOUTHERN ROCK GUITAR AT IT’S BEST…’NO GUTS, NO GLORY’ IS ONE OF HATCHET’S BEST. DANNY JOE BROWN’S HOWLING VOICE IS IN FINE FORM HERE. JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY A DYING GENRE..SOUTHERN BOOGIE. .
O.K., I know that this wasn’t their most commercially successful album, but it is every bit as good as their first two albums “Molly Hatchet” and “Flirtin’ With Disaster”. This was the first album recorded after lead singer Danny Joe Brown’s return to the band, and you can tell he was full of energy and out to prove that Hatchet was back, bigger than ever! This album is a feather in his cap, as the true voice of Molly Hatchet. I really liked the previous two albums with Jimmy Farrar on vocals, but his style was vastly different from D.J.B. Right away on the first track “What Does It Matter?”, in the opening riffs, Danny lets loose with his banter, and there’s no mistaking who’s on vocals. Dave Hlubek’s master piece “Fall of the Peacemakers” fits nicely in the middle of the album, but probably the track with the most drive is “What’s it Gonna Take”. Awesome dual harmony guitar leads and sang with conviction. You will not be disappointed with your purchase. This has the true Hatchet sound!
This has got to be one the most underrated albums of all. I don’t know if it didn’t get promoted well or what but it is well worth the price. It marked the return of Danny Joe Brown to the group after a couple of unsuccessful albums (Beatin’ the Odds and Take No Prisoners). It starts off blazing with “What Does It Matter?”, which gives the illusion that 2 guitarists are switching off the leads. But actually Duane Roland played all of the solo work himself. “Sweet Dixie” is pure southern boogie, with somewhat of a harmony guitar line and great solo (Dave Hlubek). “Fall of the Peacemakers” is a true southern rock gem with an accoustic opening, great lead vocals, and soulful intro and middle lead guitars. The stage is set though, and you will realize this is a wolf in sheeps clothing when the jam starts to kick in. You may even think the song is ending after the vocals stop. Oh boy, dead wrong. The “tripple ripple” guitar attack howls with a two then three guitar harmony lead, followed by separate leads by each guitarists (Roland, Hlubek, and Steve Holland). It’s one of those songs that sounds so good you wish it didn’t end. The hit off of this album was “Kinda Like Love”. “On the Prowl” features some tasteful slide guitar work. “Both Sides” is a great instrumental jam. “Under the Gun” is a roaring fast song with some excellent guitar tradeoffs by Hlubek and Roland. “What’s It Gonna Take?” and “Ain’t Even Close” jam as well. This is a very powerful album.