I’ve felt out of it lately. I just haven’t been in the mood for new music hence why you aren’t getting a bunch of reviews lately. Honestly, I’m so stuck in my nostalgic hole when it comes to my playlists which is probably due to Riot Fest coming up next week and the When We Were Young Festival next month both of which feature artists from my childhood. I find a sense of comfort in hearing the same thing over and over again much like we are feel when watching The Office for the millionth time or binging all of Grey’s Anatomy yet again. It’s the comfort and I feel like I’ve just been in need of that lately but that ends today. It’s time to step out of my comfort zone yet again and get a handle on the towering stack of albums that I have to check out start with Outpost 79’s ‘Whiskey & Iron’.

“Persona Non Grata” kicks this four-song release off with an undeniable sense of power. A driving guitar line and pounding drums instantly give a more glam rock vibe to their sound which is only magnified as the vocals come in after about twenty seconds. Right off the bat, I knew that this was not going to be my favorite listen today purely because I don’t like this older style of hard rock but, there’s no denying the perfection that this first song comes with. The levels to the overall composition of this track are flawless and although I don’t see myself putting this on over and over again to help me get through an afternoon slump, I enjoyed listening to this opening track and trying to pick out certain elements that were clear nods to some of the great musicians of years gone by.

There’s something a bit more jammy about “M.I.A.”. The overall structure of the track feels a bit more loosey-goosey than that of “Persona Non Grata” while still keeping with that classic rock vibe in a perfect way. The vocals also seem to shift a bit. They almost have a little new-wave tone to them which I found to be super intriguing. Still not quite for me, I did love how different the vibe was on this second track when compared to the first one and it made me excited to see what the final two tracks on this quick release would hold.

“Bad Melanie” starts off with a bass line that instantly draws you in in all of the right ways. The band takes their time coming into this one but, when it all hits, it hits perfectly. There’s an almost grungy vibe to this track which made it my favorite of the album. Although still a bit more dated feeling than I tend to go, I really liked the attitude and the raw edge that came with this track. Honestly, listening to this track made me look back to my days spent in more biker bar type places with neighborhood dad bands playing in the background. It was never quite my thing but I always thoroughly enjoyed my time in those types of venues and always found myself drawn to the music whether I wanted to be or not. What I’m saying is if this song came on when I was at a small neighborhood bar & grill out in the suburbs or somewhere, I wouldn’t be made and would probably even tap my toes to the beat.

“Ashes and Smoke” closes out this album on a completely different note than the previous three tracks. At just under seven minutes long, this is by far the longest track on the release but didn’t feel like that. A smooth and steady start before the band comes in really set the ambiance for this track overall. Although there were elements that I had heard in the previous tracks, the overall composition of this song felt completely different which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even when the vocals came in and brought that glam-hard rock vibe that I caught from the opening track, I was so lost in everything else going on in this track that I truly didn’t mind them.

Overall, Outpost 79 isn’t quite my speed but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great listen for everyone. I mean, hell, it’s only twenty minutes long. You can take twenty minutes out of your day and check this out. I promise that even if you don’t fall in love, you will enjoy your journey throughout this release!

My Favorite Track(s): “Bad Melanie”

For Fans Of: Budweiser; Neighborhood Bar & Grill Type Places; That Motorcycle Life

Mosh-ability: 7 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Autumn scratched at the couch despite me constantly throwing pens at her; Artie slept on said couch

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 6.9 out of 10

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