Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters – Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free (2012)

Ever ask yourself what Al Jourgensen, main man of industrial metal pioneers Ministry, would sound like if he decided to go country? Yeah, me either.

Sadly, Jourgensen has decided to answer that question for us with his side project Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, which also includes Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Tony Campos (Static-X) and Mke Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis).

You can tell by the band name that Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free, out this week on AFM Records, isn’t exactly a serious country project. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work as humor and ends up sounding more like the joke band playing in the corner of a dimly lit dive bar in a Rob Zombie horror flick. Granted, that could have been interesting if done right. This isn’t.

Some of the songs themselves aren’t horrible when taken for what they are — tongue-in-cheek potshots at hokey country music stereotypes — but you can only stand Jourgensen’s wailing like a wounded hound with bird shot still lodged in his throat for so long. In my case, about one song, and my choice, if I had to make one, would be either the cover of The Byrds’ “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man” or Heartsfield’s “The Only Time I’m Sober is When You’re Gone.”

I guess the guy’s got to do something now that he can no longer obsess over George W. Bush, but I don’t think this is the answer.

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Fred Phillips

Fred Phillips is a veteran entertainment writer with a love of hard rock and heavy metal. He has written music reviews, columns and feature stories for several newspapers, Web sites and a national wire service, while running a stand-alone site called Hall of the Mountain King in various places and incarnations since 1997. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.