eth Putnam and Anal Cunt were arguably one of the best, most unapologetic bands (and individuals) to have ever graced metal. Now, in a Putnam-less world where Donald Trump is an actual candidate for president, comes Anal Trump! The band, fronted by Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan, with all music by Ryan Crow, sports hits such as "I Like The Soldiers Who DON'T Get Captured," "Blood Coming Out Of Her Whatever," and "Make America Great Again." In the vain of amazing Anal Cunt song lyrics, these guys pull no punches with theirs.
After a string of mediocre albums throughout most of the 1970s, Muddy Waters hooked up with Johnny Winter for 1977's Hard Again, a startling comeback and a gritty demonstration of the master's powers. Fronting a band that includes such luminaries as James Cotton and "Pine Top" Perkins, Waters is not only at the top of his game, but is having the time of his life while he's at it. The bits of studio chatter that close "Mannish Boy" and open "Bus Driver" show him to be relaxed and obviously excited about the proceedings. Part of this has to be because the record sounds so good. Winter has gone for an extremely bare production style, clearly aiming to capture Waters in conversation with a band in what sounds like a single studio room. This means that sometimes the songs threaten to explode in chaos as two or three musicians begin soloing simultaneously. Such messiness is actually perfect in keeping with the raw nature of this music; you simply couldn't have it any other way.