Release Date: Sep 6, 2011
Record label: Hank3
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal
Folks who know Hank Williams III best for his early retro-honky tonk material may wonder what he's doing trying to make a doom metal album, but those who've been following his career closely know Hank3 is serious about his rock & roll: Williams played bass in Superjoint Ritual, drummed in Arson Anthem with Phil Anselmo and Mike Williams, and leads his own hardcore metal band, Assjack, which closes his shows in a hail of fury and noise after a set of hard-edged country. Hank3 has been fighting tooth and nail to release a rock album the way he wants to through much of his recording career, and while Attention Deficit Domination isn't his first metal album to finally see an authorized release (2009's Assjack took those honors), this is the deepest and darkest rock album Williams has unleashed to date. Hank played guitar, bass, drums, and keys on Attention Deficit Domination, as well as handling lead vocals and handling the engineering, mixing, and mastering.
It’s a testament to Hank Williams III’s ambition that he can flood the market with albums from multiple genres on a single release date, but this strategy doesn’t necessarily do his metal album, Attention Deficit Domination, any favors. Simply put, Williams’s Hellbilly album, Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town, is the far superior effort. He may have cut his teeth as a musician by playing in punk and hardcore bands like Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem, but he’s more compelling as a country artist than a would-be rocker.
Hank3 summed up his new 40-plus song collection by saying, “I don’t like being told what to do, and I don’t need to be told what my record should sound like. I’ve got that covered.” You can rest assured that this is a true statement. Hank3 remains a potent antidote to the Kid Rocks of the world. After being dropped by Curb Records, he launched his own label, then (a few months later) released four albums-worth of material on the same day.