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ALBUM REVIEW: CROWN OF THORNS – ‘FAITH’

Album review previously published on ANTENNA magazine website in 2008:

CROWN OF THORNS – FAITH (FRONTIERS)

It’s no surprise that this album is stuck firmly in the eighties, in fact if someone were to quiz you on the year of release you’d almost certainly say 1989.

It’s almost as if Crown Of Thorns live a life within a cliché bubble that consistently floats around the late eighties (the band actually formed in the 90’s, which just beggars belief!)
Previous outings for the band have been much better however – in the mid-nineties when this kind of music was dying out faster than red socks in a white wash, they managed to support Van Halen and Bon Jovi on a stadium tour. So times were good. Very good. Times have changed however, but somebody forgot to inform Jean Beauvoir and his fellow cohorts.

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ALBUM REVIEW: EUROPE – ‘SECRET SOCIETY’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2006.

EUROPE
SECRET SOCIETY (Sanctuary Records)

TG Rating: 6/10

Who they?
Forget Backyard Babies and Hardcore Superstars, Europe are Sweden’s most successful rock export thanks to their decade-defining hi The Final Countdown. The band somewhat died during the shoe-gazing 1990s, but are back after a 2003 reformation.

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ALBUM REVIEW: HONEYMOON SUITE – ‘CLIFTON HILL’

Album review previously published on ANTENNA magazine website in 2008:

HONEYMOON SUITE – CLIFTON HILL (Frontiers)

When modern parodies of the 80’s exist a la Grand Theft Auto: Vice City you imagine the creators must’ve looked at these guys for inspiration – mullets, bouffants, long jackets, neon decor, synths and DeLorean’s. Yes, Canadian pomp-rockers Honeymoon Suite were one of THE most 80’s bands around during their prime years. With songs in Lethal Weapon, The Wraith, and TV’s Miami Vice and top notch album production from legends Ted Templeman [Van Halen] and Bruce Fairbairn [Bon Jovi] it was a case of move over Loverboy, there’s a new kid in town.

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ALBUM REVIEW: AGAINST ME! – ‘NEW WAVE’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007.

AGAINST ME!
New Wave (Sire Records)

TG Rating: 8/10

Who They?
Folk-tastic rebellious indie punkers return with their much anticipated fourth long player – and if you’ve never heard them yet you’re in for a treat! Charismatic punk Tom Gabel’s diverse project started off with a self made demo in 1997, 10 years later and after a brief tenure with Fat Wreck Chords, Against Me! have struck gold with a major label release and production by the legendary Butch Vig.

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ALBUM REVIEW: LYNAM – ‘SLAVE TO THE MACHINE’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2006.

LYNAM
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.

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ALBUM REVIEW: EXTREME – ‘SAUDADES DE ROCK’

Album review previously published on ANTENNA magazine website in 2008:

EXTREME – SAUDADES DE ROCK (Frontiers)

Extreme are back. Perhaps the latest in a long line of reunions that the public never knew they wanted. But reunited they have, and before our very eyes with a brand new album.

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: BULLETS & OCTANE – ‘SONG FOR THE UNDERDOG’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007.

BULLETS AND OCTANE
Song For The Underdog (ARES Records)

TG Rating: 3/5

What’s this?
A swift return from LA’s latest tattoo’s. In The Mouth Of The Young turned heads with it’s balls-out sweat infested rock n roll in 2006, and though they still have all the lyrical clichés of whiskey, drugs and insane sluts, something has drastically altered in their music on this new release…

Any good?
Matured songwriting akin to Against Me! leaves Gene’s lyrical prowess coming across largely naïve, but the huge modification in sound is positive. Songs bounce around in a summery pop punk fashion, with triumphant choruses straight out of a Foo Fighters tribute album that’s spent a month on a sunbed!

In five words: New mellow sound with cocktails

Must Download: Song For The Underdog


Gary Sutherland © 2007.

ALBUM REVIEW: BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART – ‘PEDAL TO THE METAL’

Album review previously published on ANTENNA magazine website in 2008:

BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART
Pedal To The Metal (Century Media)

Blessed By A Broken Heart have managed to merge two styles of conflicting music so perfectly that you wonder why it hasn’t been done before. Dubbed ‘Haircore’ in certain circles, these Canadian’s have VCR’d the world of 80s pop rock into a mosh pit of hardcore and stompin’metal, and have come out the otherside with a surprisingly pleasurable jewel on offer.

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ALBUM REVIEW: SOCIETY’S PARASITES

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007.

Plower Punk

SOCIETY’S PARASITES
Self-Titled (Hellcat Records)

TG Rating: 5/10

Who They?
No frills. Californian. Punk. These ultra-fast riff meisters have been tearing up the club scene of LA for the past ten years, so it’s about time they debuted an album. And debut they have. Signing up to Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat label, Society’s Parasites are pure punk rock mayhem in the vein of Discharge and Minor Threat. They might not be full of melody, but their short and sharp infectious racket leaves you exhilarated with the effect of a kick in the face. Nice.

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