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Resounding: Betty Blowtorch | www.splicetoday.com



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Perhaps, as is so often the case, I’m judging you too quickly, but I bet you’ve never heard of the band that—to bring us all redemption in the midst of our sin—made the last best rock album. Betty Blowtorch was all-female heavy metal/punk band from southern California. Their only record, Are You Man Enough? came out in 2001, just before all reality dissolved into vocal effects and rote EDM, leading directly to climate change, Donald Trump’s election, and the horrendous dynasty of the New England Patriots. Are You Man Enough? is a rock manifesto: a bit melancholy in retrospect despite its extreme kick-assedness. Not only did rock music die shortly after the release, but so did the band’s lead singer and guiding light Bianca Butthole (Halstead), in a car wreck. Despite the sharp, hilarious writing and crushing musicianship on…



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