Greatest Hits II
By Martin Popoff
Like Peter Frampton and Foghat with ‘sequels’ to their live albums, Molly Hatchet has followed up its successful “Greatest Hits” album with a second slab.
I know, weird comparison, but it’s kinda apt, and entirely warranted as a release, because anything that helps convince or remind people that leader Bobby Ingram and lead belter Phil McCormack have made Molly Hatchet the greatest and heaviest southern rock band in history (clichés be damned, or worn like tattoos) … well, keep instructing and compiling. Production, riffs, vocals, those American slogans for miles … “Greatest Hits II” is crammed full of the 100 proof.
The studio mastery of the first disc would have been enough, though. I mean, a second disc of the new band doing a lot of the old classics live is pandering and not necessary, although, in fact, it only goes to prove how potent and robust the current songs are. Take off those rose-colored glasses, and current Hatchet tears a strip off the old (overrated?) band of drinking brothers.
As a bonus, Bobby pens a nice liner essay, and the boys tack on a new studio track, the Indian-themed “Sacred Ground,” unsurprisingly huge of hard-rock groove, a Skynyrd-slayer at 10 paces. For a real southern-metal treat, go get bulldozed by “Justice,” the title track of the last fire-breathing studio spread.