It is my belief that any band that has four guitar players and names themselves Diarrhea Planet must have some appreciation for the cheese of cock rock and the theatricality of the '70s. If you've ever listened to this six-piece garage rock group from Nashville, you'd know this is not much of a "belief" so much as it is a cold, hard fact. It is important to point out that Diarrhea Planet is not mocking this bombastic form of rock; instead, they are embracing it with open arms and believing in its transient power to change the world.

This has never been more obvious than on their third and latest LP, Turn To Gold. The band somewhat jokingly referred to the album as their Back In Black, but when feeling the might and power of the instrumental opener 'Hard Style,' it is hard not to feel as though they are looking for something even bigger. The marching snares and heavenly guitars feel like a processional for all of rock's biggest icons and images, all now sincerely and passionately revered by this sextet out of Tennessee.

This kind of pomp and bluster is where the album truly thrives. The motorcycle-tinged ripper 'Ain't A Sin To Win' is a simple, yet compelling breakneck ride through a race against Jesus Christ in heaven. It is as great as it sounds. Meanwhile, the amusingly titled 'Hot Topic' shreds with crunching chords and arpeggiating guitar lines that are simply delicious to hear. The shrieks that fill out the finish of this particular track are spine-tinglingly hellish as the song swirls into a Satan-conjuring form of metal. It showcases the band's incredible ability to blend genres and blur lines between their idols and themselves.

Still, not enough of the album's songs make for great repeat listening for the casual listener. Fans of guitar playing will love Turn To Gold as the album's naturally jam-packed with intricacies as the group explores all four of their guitarists' strengths and quirks. On that front, you would be hard-pressed to find a more interesting example of musicianship in this genre.

Most others who are just looking for a solid garage rock experience will find just that: a solid effort that has pure intentions, but just doesn't quite hold the attention in the way some of Diarrhea Planet's peers do. Turn To Gold will find a solid niche of fans, and likely just get a head nod of meager approval from everyone else. This isn't a knock. Diarrhea Planet strikes me as the kind of band that thrives within their niche and aren't exactly looking to leave it anytime soon. Turn To Gold would certainly say that's the case.