Hard Riot- Living on a Fast Lane

Band: Hard Riot
Album: Living On A Fast Lane
Release date: April 2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Pitch Black Records

“Living On A Fast Lane” is the debut album from the German hard rock band, Hard Riot. It is the follow-up to the 2009 EP “The Hidden Truth”.

Now with a title like that and the cover art, I’m guessing these guys like their motorbikes. .. Anyway on to the music…

“Get Ready” sounds exactly like what you would expect to hear from a hard rock track. The guitars bear a strong resemblance to AC/DC whilst the vocals remind me of the song played during the opening credits to the Sons of Anarchy TV series. “Hellfire Rocking” has a seriously catchy chorus and great guitar solos that make you want to air-guitar along. The same cannot be said for “Don’t Need You” which despite the promising start and good guitar riffs, sounds like the vocalist is trying too hard to add more emotion to the song, making it less catchy than the previous two.

Luckily “No Surrender” stirs the album back to the right direction with more catchy hard rock melodies and great guitar solos. Though you’ll have to look past a sudden squeaky moment in the vocals half way through the track. Other notable tracks include: the rock ballad “Tears In the Rain”, the acoustic guitar driven “Nothing But You” and the mid- paced rocking songs “Take Me Down” and “Black Widow”. The final track “Rock N’Roll Outlaw” is a catchy way of summing up the band’s message making it one of the highlights of the album.

Overall , “Living In A Fast Lane” is a promising debut which, though not perfect, is definitely a step in the right direction. Hard Riot still have some way to go but for now I hope that they “keep on rocking”.


Iza Raittila

One Response to “Hard Riot- Living on a Fast Lane”

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