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Boiled in Lead — Alloy
(Omnium OMM 2017, 1998, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 1999-04-01

Alloy Cover artI discovered Boiled in Lead with their second album, Hotheads (1986). I’ve always liked the combination of Celtic music and rock, and this band does it like no other — alternating, or even combining, acoustic instruments with raucous punk electricity. As their career has continued, they’ve honed their style to incorporate traditional music from all over the world: Hungary, Bulgaria, Sweden, Turkey, and even Thailand, along with original compositions and covers of songs by such diverse artists as the Yardbirds, Ewan MacColl, Bruce Springsteen and Thomas Mapfumo. Alloy is a treat both for the long-time BiL fan and for the uninitiated. Of the 19 tracks, only six are taken from the original albums; the others are live or alternate versions and previously unreleased tunes. Both sides of the band are given time on this disc. Standouts of the non-album cuts include: “The Dreadnought,” a great trad/arr tune from the long gap between Hotheads and From the Ladle to the Grave (1989); a bluesy rendition of the lullaby “All the Little Horses” from the Antler Dance (1993) sessions; a live acoustic version of “Pontiaka,” a Serbian tune in 13/8 with a demonic violin solo by Josef Kessler; and a thoroughly plastered rendition of the pseudo-Gaelic drinking song “Puking in the Heather.”

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