Time for some hard rock this week, tinged with a variety of styles.
Bourbon Boys are set to release Hail to the Chief. This is country-ish hard rock that is a mixture of Skynyrd and Shooter Jennings. Of course, it is also garnished with a topping of Scandi-rock, hence the track “Son of the North.” The band hail from Sweden. What is most interesting is that the music is very much “Don’t Tread on Me” themed music (it is even the name of a song). This is the tea party (well the libertarian/libertine faction) ethos in musical form. “Taxman” and “Remington Magnum Express” seem like they were inspired by some of the rallies that happened in the Midwest. Oh yes and this music is catchy as hell, a wonderful southern-fried surprise.
Death Hawks have recently released a self-titled sophomore album. Think a mash-up of old Santana, Jefferson Airplane and a touch of modern day stoner rock. This is very much the mellow soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist yet. I suspect it would be a road movie of some sort. The final track “Black Acid” is a nice summation of the entire album. It is enticing, mellow, psychedelic rock that sucks you in and gives you a very calm vibe, music that is perfect for certain moments when you need to chill.
Stryper are back with an album called No More Hell to Pay. This album sees the band finally purging the cheese-tastic Stryper of the ’80s. This is straight up hard rock that has more in common with Motley Crue than it does Stryper of old. Whether that is a good thing or not is up to you. Still there, of course, is the fact they wear their beliefs on their sleeves. But there is certainly a darker edge with tracks like “Revelation.” One highlight is a cracking cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “Jesus Is Just Alright,” which hits the right note.
Zodiac have released A Hiding Place. It is an album the straddles the line between middle-of-the-road rock and hard rock quite nicely. This is Chris Rea if he suddenly went a bit heavier with his music. The lead singer of this band (Nick van Delft) is a dead ringer for Mr “Road to Hell.” This is a great album for just chilling with some beers and reflecting on life. Tracks like “Underneath My Bed” show off the great bluesy sound of this bunch. Not sure about the slightly pretentious final track “Cortez the Killer,” however; this Neil Young cover seems a tad out of place.
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