See evil, hear evil, speak evil.


Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2006.

Slave To The Machine (DRT Entertainment)

TG Rating: 5/10

Who they?
‘This generation’s answer to Guns ‘N’ Roses!’ according to the press release. Disappointingly, they’re more akin to a latter stage Bon Jovi. A fairly unfamiliar youthful trio, Lynam would like to have formed on Sunset Strip. Instead, they formed in good ol’ Alabama, which may be the reason they’re also able to play country music.

Any good?
It’s not as dubious as the tacky artwork leads you to believe. Musically inspired by the high voltage of a certain renowned Antipodean band, Slave To The Machine kicks in with a surprisingly headstrong boogie riff and there’s a satisfying dash of respectable lead breaks throughout the twelve tracks. But the real potency of Lynam is in their polished vocal melodies, making them more noticeable – if only slightly – than the vast amount of bands crawling out of the gutter citing Motley Crue as their biggest influence.

Must hear:
Imagine you can’t hear the wet tunes and clichés that litter the album and you’ll be all right, unless of course you like that sort of thing. The pop-punk treat of I Hate My Generation, however, will positively spill your pint if you get carried away at a gig.

Why buy?
Because you have nubile breasts and a tight fitting top? In which case you’ll be screaming at the front of their shows. Only kidding! Buy this album as a small foreword into the rock of yesteryear, which has found itself thrown into a chart-friendly liquidiser. And hey, your parents won’t grumble too much if you crank it up either…

For fans of: Warrant, Def Leppard, Fall Out Boy

As the review appeared in Total Guitar magazine


Gary Sutherland © 2006.