Middletown’s metal band sailing a little over 5 years strong now, Admiral Browning will be hitting the 200 live performance mark appropriately at Krug’s annual Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival (SHOD XI) this weekend. This career mark follows the recent release of their latest album entitled Battle Stations. I’ve had a chance to listen to the new album and here’s what I have to say about it. Battle Stations starts off on a good note before you even hit play. The art work is gorgeous and what’s not to like or appreciate about a dedication to “those remaining positive while battling life threatening illness or disease”. At five tracks Battle Stations doesn’t seem like it would have much weight, but lengthy jams adequately take you on a journey with the Admiral Browning crew and like the vast blue ocean it doesn’t need many words to tell the story either. The album is solid packed with metal riffs and instrumentals that weave and bob into an array of metal sub genres from speed to progressive seamlessly to conjure up imagery and the emotions of struggle and perseverance. The album is accented with some special sound effects, most notably the Arabian instrumentals and voice montage interludes all over arched with that good guy/ bad guy feel. Admiral Browning is local staple in and around Frederick go support the band and Krug’s Place this weekend (Saturday, 8/13) at SHOD XI.