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August 7, 2008

900 Pound Gorilla

CD Review

By Kim Thore

900 Pound GorillaHailing from California is the punk primate known as 900 Pound Gorilla. Comprised of Jeff Edwards-drums/ background vocals, Donat Kazarinoff-bass/ lead vocals and John Baker-guitar/ lead vocals this trio packs a powerful punch. Having recently received the award for Punk Rock Group of the Year at the 17th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, 900 Pound Gorilla is able to successfully master the three minute and under song with heavy riffs , fast, hard-edged composition, and stripped-down instrumentation that doesn’t pull any punches.

With a garage rock edge and nod to bands such as Green Day, and a new millennium

 Ramone-ish spin, this trio has put together an impressive debut, with all the hooks needed to keep you bobbing along in anarchy. The best part? While the music is well- executed, and the vocals well done- 900 Pound Gorilla isn’t taking themselves too seriously and so the fun factor hasn’t been lost and buried in hyper driven dips into social mores and heavy lyrics.

This is good, old school punk rock with a gleam of metal to throw back a dazzling reflection of chaos.

4.5 Stars

Review by Kim Thore
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