RTX, ‘Western Xterminator’ (Drag City)
Jennifer Herrema formed the trio RTX in 2004 after her musical and matrimonial split from Royal Trux partner-in-grime Neil Michael Hagerty. Western Xterminator ventures further from the ’90s opiate-blues legacy of Trux, sounding more exploratory than RTX’s debut, Transmaniacon, even as it embraces rawk conventions like four-to-the-floor cowbell (“Dude Love”), double-kick thrash (“Knightmare & Mane”), and hair-metal guitar. Herrema and Co. throw the horns without a whiff of irony, and if the Ratt-like “Balls to Pass” is a nod to the album’s title, they’re geniuses.
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