3/15/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Loudness - Rock Shocks - 2006 - Crash Music
Those of you who have heard both early Loudness material as well as the new will completely understand that the band has changed their sound significantly. While the early records possessed a great deal of melody and flashy guitar, the new Loudness sound is based on harsh, down tuned effects and very modern arrangements bordering on "nu-metal". I personally enjoy all eras of the group, from the commercial arena rock sounds of their mid-era all the way to last year's down tuned, hardcore influenced "Racing". The band is one of the heaviest groups on the planet, and have proved that on their last four records. I honestly believe their production gives them that fuzzy, stoner vibe while still providing a heavy, thrashy backdrop for presentation. Loudness use the same sort of production values here, taking songs from their first five releases and "revamping" them to fit today's fans.
You will hear that down tuned, fuzzy guitar effect throughout these re-recordings. Songs like "Crazy Night" and "Like Hell" are completely different now, still very rock friendly but going in a more "extreme" direction. The band give the same treatment to their debut songs like "Loudness" and "Street Woman". I thought it was interesting that the group only stayed within their first five albums. I would have loved to hear songs from "On The Prowl" and "Soldier Of Fortune" done in this style with a few fresh ideas. Nonetheless this is a very well done piece of work and one that hopefully will gain the band a few American fans now. These songs are crushing enough to probably compete with today's more hardcore and metalcore friendly faces, but still retains enough melody and strong vocals to satisfy those power metal and hard rock enthusiasts.
Bottom Line - "Rock Shocks" is a much needed update to this band's early material. If anything this is a great way for fans to hear these early songs without paying those high import prices. I'm glad Crash continues to pursue those Europe only releases!
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