Hell N' Diesel
Passion for Power
7/11/2008 - Review by: Frank Hill
Sometimes all you want is a good time
Tattoos, drugs, hot chicks, and attitude were halmarks of 80s Sunset Strip backalley rockers. If you've already spun your Crüe, Kix, LA Guns, Buckcherry and Skid Row CDs to the point of exhaustion (which you should have) then Sweden's Hell N' Diesel have all of the common denominators here for the basic mix of hard rock that enables us working stiffs to vicariously live the sleezy life with them. HND has previously released two EPs which received enough great reviews that they were able to put together a full debut for Locomotive Records. Interestingly, no track really stands out on Passion for Power as the chart breaker that would launch them into household name status, but they all have a solid blend of dirty guitars, upbeat rhythms, crashing cymbals and midrange vocals. Maybe if they release a rocker tune like Sweet Sister or S.O.Y.L and, to formula, follow it up with the power ballad Fallin' they would garner an bigger audience. HND isn't breaking any innovations here, but sometimes all you want is a good time. Hell N' Diesel provide it amply.
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