Yep, it is that time of week for more music reviewing.
Anvil are back doing what they do best, being Anvil. Hope in Hell will win them no new fans or alienate any of their existing ones. And there is nothing wrong with that—heavy metal with cliche lyrics played rather quickly. That is what this band specialize in and do so well. All of this is great fun and will no doubt go down a treat on the festival circuit. There is no stopping the heavy train called Anvil.
Black Cowgirl deserve kudos for their name, misleading though it might be. Sadly, Black Cowgirl is not done by a hard rock band comprised of cowgirls of a certain color. Instead it is quite a satisfactory stoner hard rock album done by a bunch of blokes. This is glorious stuff that never gets old. These boys from Pennsylvania manage to add elements of classic hard rock into the mix to keep things interesting.
Intoxicated channel Lemmy and company on their album Dreamscapes from Dead Space. The only thing that distinguishes this lot from Motorhead is the fact the lead singer can actually sing. This is fast as hell and loud as stink. It’s not exactly original or subtle but decent all the same. This is guaranteed to piss off parents and 1000 yards, exactly what they are aiming for.
Psychothermia are a band I have never heard. Fall of the Rising Sun is a mixture of modern and old school heavy rock. Overall, this release does very little to tweak the heavy rock soul. That is not to say it is bad; it just leaves a bit of a sense of meh. Sometimes there is a sense of a band trying too hard. Repeated listens really haven’t found me warming to this release. A bit more consistency and good songs might help.
Spitfire are a German band who produces AC/DC-like hard rock on Devil’s Dance. There is nothing the slightest bit apologetic about this and you gotta love it. Nothing clever or deep on here, but man is it satisfying. There is little not to like about this and you won’t even need to hear all the songs to get into it. By “My Way”, the second song, you will be a fan of this lot. Perfect music for your first nice weather drive.
Zed are last, but not least, with their new album Desperation Blues. An apt title for sure, with this being blues-tinged sub-stoner metal. It might be a bit down-tuned but it still retains a fair bit of catchiness and swagger. There is a similar vibe on here to some of the music coming out of bands like The Answer and Rival Sons. No matter what, it is hard to argue with the quality of this release. It is damn good from start to finish, without a turkey in the mix. Oh yeah, this is also their debut album, so onwards and upwards from here, methinks.
That is your lot for this week and what a collection it is. Stay safe, aware and rocking my friends.