Do not mess with Speedealer unless you're 100 percent ready to rock. The hard-living, hard-touring Lubbock, Texas quartet pours out the aggression in a style midway between the seminal thrash of
Mötörhead and Metallica and the heavy desert stoner rock of Fu Manchu and Monster Magnet. The band came into the world in 1994 as REO Speedealer and kept the name until served with papers by a certain cheesy big-haired '80s arena rock outfit with a similar name. The band didn't get a ton of attention from anyone besides lawyers during the '90s, releasing a self-titled album and Here Comes Death on the now defunct Royalty Records. But the band maintained a profile through relentless live performances and eventually caught the attention of Palm, which signed the group in 2000 and reissued Here Comes Death with new artwork. Metallica bassist Jason Newsted then signed on to produce the band's fearsome third album, Second Sight. Released in 2002, that record is a more eclectic affair that saw the band incorporate some slower and spookier instrumentals and other unpredictable elements into their patented head-banging stoner metal sound.