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Tyfoid Mary

From a marketing standpoint, Tyfoid Mary's got a lot of things going for it, including a pun-friendly name and bandmembers who fit snugly within contemporary metal's two most popular visual categories: bald and bold (singer Jerry Harper and drummer "Dugan" Demongey) and hairy and scary (guitarist Scott Seidl and bassist Igor Panasewicz). The band is just as democratic from a musical standpoint. The players may have named their album Quarantine, but they don't regard any hard-rock approach to be off limits.

"Spun," the lead track, encompasses more than its share of stylistic flourishes, including vocals that range from rap-rock rant to full-on yowling. That's followed by "Real," a slow grinder with an anthemic chorus, and "Breathe Again," a tune that keeps things hushed and intense. Most surprising of all is "Refried Brains," a psychedelic freak-out that's as goofy as the rest of the set is serious.

Mary's latest, which is packaged with a six-song bonus disc, may not be totally original, but it's highly communicable.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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