This week I have pulled out six hard rocks albums from the review pile for my critical ear.
Buckcherry have released a concept album of sorts based on the deadly sins called Confessions. A bit surprising for a band that wrote “All Lit Up”, what is more surprising is that they pulled off a blinder. This gets it right with songs that stand on their own but also blend into an overall theme. And because it is Buckcherry, it does not even require a few listens to get into. This is a clever catchy album and one not to miss.
Covered Call have offered up Impact to hard rock fans. There is enough meat on the bones from this release to rise above the merely decent releases of the sort. The songs have catchy choruses and clever lyrics that don’t make you cringe. Familiar enough, but not a cliche stream rock-by-the-numbers release. The album rewards repeated listens and draws you in as good music should always do. Worth a listen if you are into mainstream hard rock.
Diamond Dawn have taken the “Toto at its most pop” playbook and run with it. Overdrive is a competent formulaic slab of pop rock. The only trouble with it is that it is heavy on cheese and light on the memorable. Choruses are catchy enough while listening to the song, but it is hard to take away anything from album other than it was ok. It is missing that extra bit that raises it above forgettable.
Davey Suicide is the self-titled debut by a guy of the same name. As you would expect with the name this is 100% hard-core sleaze that makes Motley Crue seem clean and pure. Think Faster Pussycat with a touch of Hanoi Rocks twisted with a bit of Orgy fronted by Marilyn Manson. Trust LA to throw up another sleaze merchant to teach everyone else how it is done. This is infectious, obnoxious and well worth a listen.
Find Your Purpose is the new release from Lavett, a bunch of Swedes slumming it from their day band jobs. This is hard rock with very much a modern touch to it. The vocalist screams a bit too much at times, but overall this quite good. Very much an industrial tinge to this release with layers of keyboards flowing out of the songs. Another band that remind me a bit of Orgy and their ilk.
Cut Loose is the new release from The New Black and it picks up right where their last one left off. Tracks like “Count Me In” hit all the right notes to keep fans of hard rock happy of whatever age. The title track is a highlight on here as well. It always good to see Bavarian hard bands emerging that don’t sound like Accept. This just might be the album to break these guys internationally.
Something from everyone I hope. As always stay safe and rocking out there.