Wim S. : I am a huge upholder of the broad approach when it comes to give attention to artists on behalf of Lords Of Metal. The discussion about what we can and cannot do is conducted more frequently. This is a difficult debate, where everyone thinks of very personally, which is good. And finally our editorial board makes the final choice. And that's fine. But very occasionally a CD slips through which makes you find yourself wondering ‘why do I have to listen to this and say something about it’? The album 'Luxury Hobo' by Big Boy Bloater & The Limits is such an album. In my opinion there is nothing on this album that is interesting for a metal fan.
There are quite a few open-minded metal fans who can enjoy the blues. Especially when it is played by great musicians like Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. To name just a few. Those guys create albums with also some rock elements. Well, Big Boy Bloater is a) not a great musician and b) his music does not tend to rock anywhere. Rather, it is quite obligatory, rather simple, dull blues. His guitar sound makes me whine (I hate that crappy slide guitar) and his voice is a dime in a dozen. What is worse, the songs are bad. They do not have any content whatsoever. They go in one ear but they are out the other even faster. 'I Love You (But I Cannot Stand Your Friends)’, ‘The Devils Tail’, ‘All Things Considered’, are all meaningless songs. And in his attempt to give his music a sound of the bayou in ‘It Came Out Of The Swamp ' he sound even pathetic. No, despite the gigantic curriculum of the man (but I will not bother you with it), this release can be ignored by all metal fans and even the diehard blues adepts should listen first before.