Review by Mike Korn
A picture of a raging barbarian on an album cover has been an indicator of quality on heavy metal and Southern rock albums for many years now and Open Fire proves no exception, boasting a Kelly Freas classic. In fact, this record is bursting with so much fire and grit that I defy any fan of hard music to keep from bouncing around the room and making wild air guitar gestures. This one lays the smack down real hard!
Alabama Thunderpussy (I still have reservations about that name) have been around a good long while now, but with Open Fire a new chapter begins. This is lean and mean, with no unnecessary B.S. or extended jams. It's 11 tracks chock full of killer riffs, scorching guitar solos and roaring, rowdy vocals from new guy Kyle Thomas. There's not a bad cut to be found here. It's like ATP have found the perfect way to distill their essence, trim the fat and put the resulting moonshine in a bottle called Open Fire.
Pure raging rawk from start to finish, this will surely place high on a lot of year-end polls!