Despite having possibly the worst band name I've ever heard, "Low Class Trendsetter" is one of the best down-and-dirty, blues-tinged hard rock albums I've heard recently.

"Black Helicopters" kick-starts this album off with a sleazy, groovy riff that Phil Anselmo would describe as the "money riff." And there's lots of those on this album, which is something you want to have as a hard rock band. The lyrics match the grit of the instruments, with lines like "Can you spare a cigarette? I've been smoking since I was ten." These guys clearly have a very good sense of songwriting, as they let that "money riff" do the talking in "Black Helicopter," and they let the bass carry the song in the second track "Guy Supreme." The song is simple, but with the added leads over the bass really gives the song room and crescendos into one of the catchiest choruses on the album.

As much as I enjoy these tracks and others like the insanely heavy and menacing "Caught up in the Noize" and the groovy, incredible bass lines and diversity of the closer "Darkness," there are a few missteps on this record. I don't feel "Sonza Bitchez!" lives up to the rest of the potential on the record and for being an instrumental, takes down the raw energy and heaviness captured throughout. I'm not saying switching it up is a bad thing, I just feel that this track is a bit misplaced. The song finally gets into that heavier mode, but only in the last few seconds of the song. I also felt "Skyhead" could have been done without on the album, but other than that, this CD is solid front to back.

If you've been wanting a newer hard rock record to listen to with no frills with lots of groove that does the genre justice, look no further than "Low Class Trendsetter."