Sometimes, instead of falling neatly into a predetermined genre, a band decides to focus their energy on just creating great songs, regardless of how they are classified. This describes Workhorse III, a trio from Philadelphia, who have set about to make an album of infectious tunes, and leave it to listeners and reviewers to figure out how to explain it. Their self description as "too rock for metal and too metal for rock" suits them well.
At times I heard punk rock, at other times they were clearly crushing it in the proud lineage of Sabbath. There were moments when a Motorhead influence seemed clear. Which is suitable, since Motorhead themselves have often defied categorization.
The dominate theme is songs which, although often containing dark lyrical content, are high energy, catchy, and most of all fun. I listened to it once on my way to work, and already several of the songs were stuck in my head, demanding a second listen on the way home. In all cases, the riff is king. It is the prominence of the distorted riff which could earn them a place within metal's hallowed halls. At the same time there is no denying the strong vocal melodies will also appeal to fans of classic rock.
This alternative sound is not typical of the album, which otherwise is far edgier. It is hard to pin this band down to less than a dozen sound types, a definite strength of the record.
Vocal duties alternate between guitarist Lisa Christ Superstar, also known by her mortal name Lisa Lyne Flynn, and bassist Steve McCarthy.
I was once told by a sound engineer properly combining male and female vocals is tricky and most bands cannot pull it off. Workhorse III have combined them seamlessly.
Further complimenting the bands sound is the emphatic drumming of Eric Perfect, who has made a name for himself as a famous tattoo artist, in addition to his musical prowess.