The Brimstone Sluggers

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The Brimstone Sluggers
The Brimstone Sluggers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 28, 2015
Recorded2014–2015
Genre
Length47:07
LabelMembran Records
ProducerBret Mazur[2]
Crazy Town chronology
Darkhorse
(2002)
The Brimstone Sluggers
(2015)
Singles from The Brimstone Sluggers
  1. "Megatron"
    Released: December 2014
  2. "Backpack"
    Released: July 2015
  3. "Born to Raise Hell"
    Released: August 2015
  4. "Come Inside"
    Released: November 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars
Ultimate Guitar Archive6.3/10 stars
Rock Sins5/10 stars

The Brimstone Sluggers is the third studio album by American rap rock band Crazy Town. It was released on August 28, 2015 and was Crazy Town's first album in 13 years since Darkhorse in 2002.[1] According to Mazur, the album is a stylistic follow up to their 1999 debut, The Gift of Game.[3] In comparison to Darkhorse, which was more rock oriented, The Brimstone Sluggers focuses more on hip-hop, and features collaborations from rappers Madchild and Bishop Lamont.[1][4][5] Former Crazy Town member DJ AM, who died in 2009, is a featured artist on the track "Born to Raise Hell", and No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont provides guitar and vocals on the track "Ashes".[6]

Background and promotion[edit]

Crazy Town disbanded in 2003 shortly after the release of their 2002 album Darkhorse, citing amongst other things, pressure from their record company for a follow-up to their No. 1 hit "Butterfly".[7] They reformed in late 2007,[8] and announced they were working on The Brimstone Sluggers in August 2013.[9] The album's title is a reference to the band name Crazy Town founding members Bret Mazur and Shifty Shellshock originally performed under.[1]

Crazy Town released teaser clips promoting the album in August 2013.[9][10] They began touring in Europe in June 2014 to promote the then upcoming album. In December 2014 they released the single "Megatron",[11] which was featured as the new theme song for Impact Wrestling.[12] They released the single "Backpack" in July 2015.[13] The album was released on 28 August 2015 under Membran Records. "Born to Raise Hell" was released as a single in August 2015,[14] and a music video was released in September.[15] To promote the album Crazy Town would perform two concerts in Germany in November 2015,[16] and two in Italy in December.[17]

Reception[edit]

James Christopher Monger from AllMusic gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "there's an expected yet refreshing current of self-reflection that permeates much of the album (something that could never have happened in 1999), especially on standout cuts like "A Little More Time," "Backpack," and "Born to Raise Hell." However, 13 years is a long time, and the genre which the band helped spawn has hardly aged into favor."[1] Philip Whitehead from Rock Sins gave the album five out of ten, saying the album was a large improvement over their previous efforts, though adding "there’s still a long way to go before they can rid themselves of their poor reputation. A lot of growing up still needs to be done lyrically, but they’re on the right track."[6] Ultimate Guitar Archive gave the album 6.3 out of 10, criticising the references to deceased celebrities Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger and Robin Williams, yet concluding "It still has its share of setbacks, but with its initiative to move forward instead of living in the past, "The Brimstone Sluggers" makes a decent case for Crazy Town's return."[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Seth Binzer and Bret "Epic" Mazur.

No.TitleLength
1."Come Inside"3:18
2."Light the Way"3:46
3."Born to Raise Hell" (featuring J. Angel and DJ AM)3:32
4."Ashes" (featuring Tom Dumont)3:40
5."Megatron" (featuring Boondock)3:42
6."Backpack" (featuring Bishop Lamont & Fann)4:15
7."A Little More Time" (featuring Koko Laroo)3:40
8."The Keys" (featuring Madchild)3:36
9."Lemonface"3:49
10."Baby You Don't Know" (featuring Fann)3:10
11."My Place"3:08
12."West Coast"3:41
13."Megatron [Alternate version]" (featuring Boondock)3:46
14."Hit That Switch" (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)3:47
15."Ain't No Stopping Us" (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)3:41
Total length:47:07

Personnel[edit]

Crazy Town

Additional personnel

  • J. Angel – vocals for "Born to Raise Hell"
  • Boondock – vocals for "Megatron"
  • DJ AM – turntables, samples for "Born to Raise Hell"
  • DJ R1CKONE – turntables, samples for "A Little More Time", "My Place" and "Come Inside"
  • Tom Dumont – guitars, vocals for "Ashes"
  • Fann – vocals for "Backpack" and "Baby You Don't Know"
  • Bishop Lamont – vocals for "Backpack"
  • Koko Laroo – vocals for "A Little More Time"
  • Madchild – vocals for "The Keys"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Crazy Town: The Brimstone Sluggers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ Carter, Emily (2 July 2015). "Crazy Town to Release New Album, The Brimstone Sluggers". Kerrang!. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  3. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (August 28, 2015). "Album Stream: Crazy Town 'The Brimstone Sluggers'". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Crazy Town, esce dopo 13 anni un nuovoalbum: "The Brimstone Sluggers"". Rockol (in Italian). 23 June 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Crazy Town: Neues Album THE BRIMSTONE SLUGGERS kommt". Metal Hammer (in German). 23 June 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b Whitehead, Phillip (25 August 2015). "Crazy Town – The Brimstone Sluggers". Rock Sins. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Gil (8 February 2007). "Where Ya Been?: City High Drop Out, Crazy Town Stop The Insanity". MTV. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ Harris, Chris (5 December 2007). "Kris Kross, Crazy Town, EMF, Extreme And More Unmemorable Reunions, In Our Year-End Top 10s – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b Srisavasdi, Greg (21 August 2013). "Crazy Town Reunite for New Album 'The Brimstone Sluggers'". Noise Creep. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  10. ^ Tulet, Alexander (9 August 2013). "Lock Up Your Daughters, Crazy Town Are Back". Junkee. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  11. ^ Leight, Elias (18 December 2014). "Exclusive: Crazy Town Returns After Lengthy Hiatus With New Single 'Megatron'". Billboard. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  12. ^ Moore, John (24 January 2015). "1/23 Moore's TNA Impact Wrestling TV Report: Lashley and MVP street brawl, Feast or Fired, James Storm vs. Matt Hardy, Havok vs. Gail Kim, Jeremy Borash vs. EC3". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Crazy Town f. Bishop Lamont & Fann". HipHopDX. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Crazy Town Release "Born To Raise Hell" Featuring J. Angel & DJ AM From 'The Brimstone Sluggers' Album". Icon Versus Icon. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Crazy Town: Video-Premiere 'Born To Raise Hell'". Metal Hammer (in German). 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  16. ^ "SLAM presents: CRAZY TOWN". Slam (in German). Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Crazy Town in Italia il 5 e 6 dicembre 2015 con due concerti". Cube magazine (in Italian). 15 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  18. ^ "The Brimstone Sluggers Review". Ultimate Guitar Archive. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.