Molly Hatchet used Frazetta’s 1973 painting “The Death Dealer” for their eponymous debut. I think that title pretty much says it all — no subtle hidden messages in this one. Talk about iconic images: This one triggered a series of fantasy novels and a couple of comic book series. Since we’re talking about music here I’ll toss in one more fun fact: Glenn Danzig from The Misfits, Danzig, and getting knocked the fuck out backstage in a viral video clip wrote one of those Death Dealer comics. How cool is that?
As for the album, it’s pretty okay southern rock. Danny Joe Brown is in fine voice (and whistle), and Dave Hlubek’s guitar parts are both hard and delicate, a must for the genre. No self-respecting Guy in Black Tee Shirt Who Jams was without his Molly Hatchet albums and tee shirts.
The standout cut on this one for most is “Gator Country,” which is a bit of a cousin to the Allman Brothers’ “Rambling Man,” but for my money the keeper here is the Greg Allman-penned “Dreams I’ll Never See.” Check it out:
Because there are a gajillion copies of this out there you’ll be able to find one for a couple of bucks, and since you saved so much why don’t you buy a frame and hang that bad boy in your man cave? It’ll look great next to that Def Leppard mirror you won at the fair.