Similar to AC/DC’s proof of legitimacy and perseverance with Back in Black following Bon Scott’s death in 1980, the Rocketz’ sophomore album serves as a tribute to their former drummer, Andrew Martinez, who died earlier this year in a car accident.

With few traces of mourning in its 16 tracks, the Rocketz blister through original alcohol-laden tunes and toy around with covers of “Holiday in Cambodia” by punk icons Dead Kennedys and “I Wanna Mohawk” by AFI.

“Label on the Bottle” is the highlight of this offering. With background noises of beer bottles clinking and people shouting, Tony Slash sings the soon-to-be classic lyrics, “We’re drinking at full throttle ’til we can’t read the label on the bottle.”

Grade: B



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