I heard of the mysterious Atomic # 76 from the stonerrock.com compilation and was immediately intrigued; Could this be the
newly reformed Atomic Bitchwax under a new moniker? Is this an Ed Mundell solo effort? Well, I was wrong on both counts. After
hearing the fuzzy, blooze based jams contained on this self titled and self-produced album, you could see how that Bitchwax
connection is an easy mistake to make.
Atomic Number 76. 2003. An acid trip in a Camaro-the soundtrack for a barfight-a fuzz-filled guitar jab in the 'nads. Catchy
from the disc's opening, starting off with a lot of familiar melodies and choruses definitely bred of 70s rock, blended with
the hooks that classify this as Perfect Drinking Meal. Methinks me hears a bit of old Ozzy-Sabbath and Thin Lizzy in the mix
within the ten tracks here joining a wee-bit of Solarized or Bad Wizard, or any number of bands. It just holds that sweet
vintage rock flow and classic metal energy, while almost taking on that f'n stoner rock title half of the time; doing the
whole upper-downer feeling with spurts of both high-strung Southern Rock in "Bourbon Eyes" and "Blind"
to slow swilling fuzzbox assault in songs like "100 Proof" and "Deviation". The whole thing is a wickedly
hook-laden smooth psychedelically inclined, hearing impairing, shot slamming brouhaha. Fuckin' A, buddy-Let 'er rip. A prime
party disc to say the least, and no shit, considering that the bassist/vocalist, Bingo is one of the ones responsible for
many of my own post-party hangovers. You go drink under his bar-watch at Flying Burrito Brothers in Manhattan and tell me
you can remember what happened the next day. Atomic Number 76.
Dopo un minicd desordio che ci aveva ampiamente convinto, tornano alla ribalta gli Atomic Number 76, power trio americano
finalmente giunto alla prima prova sulla lunga distanza. Quanto di buono fatto apprezzare in precedenza viene ora confermato
ed ampliato in questo cd autoprodotto di dieci tracce: il roboante hard rock di stampo 70 che Bingo Sinatra (basso e voce),
Mauro Felipe (chitarra) e Ronnie Steward (batteria) elaborano si pone al crocevia tra tentazioni di stampo Grand Funk, Blue
Cheer e Pink Fairies e modernizzazioni stoner care a gruppi come Drunk Horse o The Quill.
Osmium or simply "Os" is the periodic table definition of Atomic Number 76. It's a hard brittle blue-gray or blue-black
metallic element that is one of the platinum metals. It's also the heaviest metal known - a fitting name for this New York
City trio. A two-track teaser, this demo is brutally unfair to the listener who, after nine short minutes is begging for more.
Blaring into a monster riff, the three-piece go for the throat with "Born With No Soul." The song is a lethal powerhouse
with a classic a Blue Öyster Cult stoner vibe - full on sludge complete with cowbell. It all comes together with griping vocals
and louder than hell guitars over a sea of chug. The first solo is clean, the second is fuzzed out with wawa distortion.
Second track, "Bourbon Eyes," goes right for a Fu Manchu rapid-fire hook. Fueled by a roasting drive the song slows
to a mind-numbing, psychedelic buzz. That's when a space jam via Uli Jon Roth (early Scorpions) drifts in before the song
winds up to it's frantic conclusion. The band's web site is a bit sketchy - however, this is what we've learned so far.
The band consists of Bingo (bass, vocals), Mauro (guitar) and Ronnie (drum). They've been together a little over a year and
are regular on the New York circuit. They'll be playing CBGB's May 18th. These boys have all the right elements they just
need about ten more songs of similar caliber to take the world by storm. Recommended.
Atomic #76 took their name from Atomic Metal Number 76, which happens to be the heaviest metal known to man. I guess that
tells you something about this NYC band, but it hardly describes the classic metal sound they manage to pull off. The hooks
are indeed heavy and memorable in the way that Led Zeppelins were not that they sound like that band or exactly like any
other from that era. But they do have that familiar, old school sound that you can just groove to in a head-banging kind
of way. In a trio, all this relies greatly on the expertise of the individual members - drummer Ronnie Seward, guitarist Mauro
Felipe and bassist/singer Bingo Sanatra. When I caught a recent show, all three were ably pulling their weight. And heavy
it was. Felipes extended solos were extraordinary, while Bingos bass was heavier than dirt and complimented his gritty voice
which brings to mind Leslie West in his prime and Seward not only held it all together, but added thunderous fills that
managed to both showcase his talent and fatten up the bands sound considerably. A power trio in the classic sense of the phrase.
"Heavy, sweaty 70's styled metal with a touch of COC and Iron Maiden is a strange mix but is the best way to describe
Atomic Number 76. The band is based out of New York City and has been together for one year. These two tracks sound like
they came right out of an 8-track that had been burning up in a ''73 Dodge Charger. "Born With No Soul" sounds
like something T-Rex never had the chance to write with its sludgy, psychedelic swagger. "Bourbon Eyes" ... sways
into a Sabbathy sludge jam in the middle. Bingo Sanatra's bass riffs are so brutally heavy and the guitars of Mauro Felipe
are tuned down way low. Sanatra has a smooth 70's rocker voice, and the music is as stripped down as can be without being
plugged in at all."
"Tune into the psychedelic metal world of Atomic Numer 76. Big Riffs and black eyes, high octane rock with all the trimmings.
Silent hand of doom sold separately."
"Three guys, L Ron (drums), Moe (guitar), and Bingo (bass & vox) that play what I'd call good-time stoner-rock, as
opposed to the droning, more doomish variety. Check out these guys, if you're looking for some good-time rock, and wanna
party til sunrise."