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Thunderfuck and the Deadly Romantics – Dirty, Sleazy, Rock ‘n’ Roll

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , on 6th July 2019 by mickbirchy

Thunderfuck and the Deadly Romantics
Dirty, Sleazy Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sleaze Rock, Hard Rock
Released: 26th July 2019
via Cargo Records

OK, I was not expecting what I actually heard on this album. Then again, I really didn’t fully understand what I was getting this one. I mean, what would you expect from a band called Thunderfuck and the Deadly Romantics? The band comes from Ontario, Canada and have spent quite a lot of time here in the UK. Everything that I’ve heard about them so far is relatively positive, with a great hype building behind them, consistent gigs and good feedback. It really feels like a band that has taken their time and grown on their own accord rather than forcing a quick fix to success. After taking a listen to this album, I have definitely thought about it and the first impressions were mixed to positive. However, now I have had some time to let this one settle, let’s talk about this one.

The album sounds decent from the get-go, great rock tone with well-produced instrumentation all the way through. The balance of the instrumentation is great with all of the instruments coming through clear. Then you get the vocals and, well I’m not a fan. Don’t get me wrong, if you like this style of singing then that’s awesome but if you’re like me, then it’s truly going to grate on you quite quickly. He’s not out of tune but the vocals are incredibly coarse and it doesn’t really fit in with the slick instrumentation. For me, it ruins the sound of the songs. Now, this is just me, I realise that there are people that like the way the rough vocals contracts with the slick and well-executed music. 

Most of the lyrics are about your typical rock ‘n’ roll topics such as sex, drugs, drinking and working-class life. Which is fine, I mean I don’t expect much from sleaze rock, in terms of lyrical content. Usually, sleaze rock mainly focuses on light-hearted, easy to grasp subjects that audiences can immediately identify. However, when one of your songs literally starts with a woman moaning in orgasm, I think you’re going to have a good sense of what album you’re getting into.

Overall, this is not a bad album. I can’t say I personally like the vocals but I can certainly understand the appeal. The rock is great and there are some damn catchy and fun tunes to listen to. If you’re looking for a band that delivers rough and dirty sounding rock music, then Thunderfuck and the Deadly Romantics are something to behold.

2.5/5

Mick Birchall

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Hardcore Superstar – HCSS

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , , on 28th April 2015 by Pieni

Hardcore Superstar
“HCSS”
Hard rock
Released on 22nd April 2015
Via Gain Music

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Been struggling with the right words to write this for more than a week now. Is it a good album? Pretty much so. Do I like it? Not really. It’s far from the first time that I acknowledge the greatness of an album, even if that particular genre of music isn’t my cup of tea. The issue here is that Hardcore Superstar is one of my favorite bands and it’s hard to leave my personal disappointment out of the way.

First and foremost, “HCSS” lacks edge. The riffing is still heavy, but not vibrant, and it’s now more accurate to mention a “cheesy vibe” than a sleazy one. “Don’t Mean Shit” is probably the only song that still carries the Hardcore Superstar spirit of the last five albums, and maybe the reason why it’s the opening track – a passage between the past and the present. A very retro present. Nothing against the traditional hard rock of “Party ‘Til I’m Gone” (even though I prefer my rock less classic), but the dreamlike, nearly-psychedelic moments are too much Summer-of-the-drugs for me. But one might find those the cherry on top of the cake, the one detail that makes all the difference.

The rhythm in “The Cemetary” embraces another ‘70s facet, sounding just like The Clash’s “London Calling”. It gains a bit more spirit in the chorus, becoming really lively (no pun intended) and catchy. It’s a good song, but something I’d expect from the “No Regrets” era and not the Hardcore Superstar of today. In fact, now that I think of it, there’s a lot of that album and “Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)” in here. A bit twisted and revamped, but here. Guess music does run in circles.

I don’t know if any of the guys is a Procol Harum fan, but “Fly” surely feels like it was inspired by the English band. A classy melancholy that goes on for almost eight minutes and which will either delight you or bore you – there’s hardly a middle term. As for the groovy/funky “Touch The Sky”, I would go for “delight or annoy” – especially those verses in the beginning of the song, where you don’t understand a thing of what Jocke’s singing. Once again, one may consider that a touch of genius. Me, I’m not convinced.

I do like “Glue”, and once in a while the chorus of both “The Ocean” and “Off With Their Heads” pops happily in my head. But still… As a reviewer, I must congratulate Hardcore Superstar for their diverse and rich songwriting. As a fan, I confess I was expecting something else.

4/5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

Dregen releases self-titled solo album this Monday

Posted in News with tags , , , on 5th October 2013 by Pieni

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Swedish guitarist Dregen, most famous for his work with The Hellacopters and Backyard Babies, will release his debut solo, self-titled album this Monday, October 7th, via Spinefarm Records.

“I was staring at my records for over a year, thinking, ‘How the f**k can I get the vibe from KISS, Slayer, the Beastie Boys and Miles Davis into one single record?’ But I did it, and it sounds very much like me. It’s a high energy rock ‘n’ roll album with the greatest songs I have written and recorded”, says the man himself.

Dregen does all the guitar and vocal work, with Danko Jones and Tityo adding some occasional vocals. The bass will be on Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Joan Jett, Michael Monroe) and John Calabrese (Danko Jones) hands, while drums are taken care of by Karl Rockfist (Michael Monroe / Danzig) and Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-Entombed, ex-The Hellacopters). The latter also writes and plays bass and rhythm guitar on three tracks, and this is the reunion that has more significance to rock fans: “Something magic always happens when we play and write together. I don’t know what it is, but there is definitely something special there. Nicke is one of my all-time favourite drummers, and we haven’t really worked this closely since the early Hellacopters days…”

“Dregen” track listing is as follows…

  1. Division Of Me
  2. Just Like That
  3. Flat Tyre On A Muddy Road
  4. Gig Pig
  5. Pink Hearse
  6. Bad Situation
  7. One Man Army
  8. 6-10
  9. Refuse
  10. Mojo’s Gone

… and you can listen/see the video for the single “Just Like That” here:

Pre-order the album at Amazon or iTunes.

http://www.dregen.se
https://www.facebook.com/DregenOfficial

Reckless Love – Spirit

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , on 5th September 2013 by Pieni

Reckless Love
“Spirit”
Glam rock
Released on 2nd September 2013
Via Spinefarm Records

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I’m having serious mixed feelings about this… When they released the first single/video “Night On Fire” I formed my opinion carefully. After all, it was just one song, and despite making it to single, that doesn’t necessary mean that it represents the general sound of the album or that it’s the best song in it. Most times it’s just the catchiest, the most commercial. So after convincing myself that “Spirit” wouldn’t be all “ooooooh ooooooh” eighties-pop-rock style all the time and that it wouldn’t make me feel like I was in a distant paradisiacal island, at a beach party under the moon, “Night On Fire” didn’t sound so bad.

The next single, “So Happy I Could Die”, gave me some hope. Happy rock, colorful (literally, once you see the video…), sleazy all the way. Despite copying the “oh yeah” in the chorus from Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart”, the song is good enough that one can forgive them for such “plagiarism”. We can even see it as a tribute to the legendary band, although the real homage comes in the form of “I Love Heavy Metal”. Wait, heavy metal?! The idea of this song is actually super cool. They gathered song-titles of several bands they love for the verses, and then the pre-chorus was made of the bands’ names themselves. The thing is that listening to Olli Herman saying he “loves heavy metal, can’t get enough, can’t get enough” while referring to Poison, Bon Jovi, Warrant, Winger, Aerosmith, Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, W.A.S.P. and so on… well, that’s a “bit” of a stretch. Okay, he mentions Iron Maiden and Judas Priest (Ozzy too, but he also had his own glam era), but as brilliant heavy metal bands as those are, they still don’t justify the title for this song. Plus, talking about the unconditional love for heavy metal at such a lazy cheesy rhythm… Joan Jett already took “I Love Rock’N’Roll” for herself, but it would still be a more suitable title. Terminologies apart, though, and precisely for featuring so many well-known names, the song ends up being quite fun to sing along and pleasant to listen to.

They seem somewhat obsessed with metal, as there’s another track, called “Metal Ass”. But I must say that this one is justified, the riffs and solo showing you why they mentioned Judas Priest in that other song. I believe it’s the heaviest track they’ve ever written.

After the heaviest, it makes sense that now I speak of the exact opposite: the mandatory ballads. “Edge Of Our Dreams” sounds familiar, although I can’t recall where from. Nevertheless, I like it pretty much. It’s not too slow, soft being a more accurate word, with a dreamlike vibe to match the lyrics. Now “Hot Rain”, that’s the typical heartbreaking love song, whose melody will pull out tears from a rock. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, it depends on each one’s personal taste. For me, it’s a bit too much.

And then, the in-betweens. “Bad Lovin’” kicks off with some rocky riffs, the drum beats in the middle of the chorus are pretty sharp, as well as the guitar solo. But the main structure is undoubtedly pop, too pop even for a glam rock band – which doesn’t mean that you won’t like it. Because “Favorite Flavor” is glam through and through, and yet it’s the weakest song in “Spirit”, in a “too-much-of-the-same” kind of way. Unlike “Sex, Drugs & Reckless Love”, whose Kiss“Lick It Up”-influenced rhythm section in an otherwise pop rock song makes all the difference, not to mention the catchier chorus. As for “Dying To Live” and “Runaway Love”… yeah, easy-going pop songs. And “Die Hard”, although only who gets the UK release of the album is supposed to hear it. As for a worldwide bonus track, or at least countries where Spotify is available, there’s “Gone With A Smile”, with a main riff twin to the one Byan Adams wrote for “Run To You”.

So why the mixed feelings, you wonder. With so many “buts”, even in the best songs, I shouldn’t hesitate in rating “Spirit” as average. I would, if we were looking at it from a strict rock point of view. But this is Reckless Love. The flamboyant adjective they’re so fond of isn’t just about their looks, but their sound as well. And under that perspective, the abundance of mainstream melodies entwined with glam & sleaze elements becomes an asset. Under that perspective, this album is awesome.

4,5 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino