The new self-titled disc from American Sharks is a super-fuzzy, stoner rock record with a healthy dose of punk thrown in for good measure. I like the punk influences as they add a nice bit of speed, aggression, and attitude – something not commonly found on other releases in this genre. American Sharks boasts lots of meaty riffs that smack you upside the head like a sledgehammer while Mike Hardin’s raw, commanding vocals finish you off with a one-two punch.

Even though there is enough pep to keep your head banging and your foot tapping, the length of the tunes was sort of problematic for me. As soon as I started getting into the tunes they were literally over; the longest track on the disc is a mere 2:51 and the opener, “Iron Lungs,” clocks in at just 1:29. Disappointing! Overall though American Sharks is a solid effort and a super fun listen; it should go a long way to making the band more of a household name in the genre.

Track Listing:

01. Iron Lungs
02. Overdrive
03. Satan’s Overture Pt. 1
04. Indian Man
05. XVI
06. Freak Out
07. Demon With A Glass Sword
08. Cocaine
09. 11-11

Run Time: 19:40
Release Date: September 17, 2013

Check out the song “Overdrive”