Their take on ZZ Top's rollicking "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" has a noteworthy guitar solo, and a close reading of S.O.D.'s "Pussy Whipped" retains its original stomp factor, but elsewhere, there are problems: the band's version of Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming to Take Me Away" is less of a novelty as the original was in the '60s; they slaughter Suicidal Tendencies' "Don't Give a Fuck" by leeching out all melody; and they ruin the Osmonds' "Crazy Horses" — a truly heavy tune for 1972 — by removing all semblances of fun. Shepherd and Harvey's gang choruses sadly converge in a one-dimensional Anselmo growl, which annihilates the musicality in its wake.
With the nipple-tape gimmick behind them, Butcher Babies should be write songs that actually remain in the minds of fans after the house lights come up, though they do get bonus points for the EP's newspaper-like cover art copied from G N'R Lies. (Century Media)