Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
This hard rock band was created by highly ranked free-skier Matt Reardon and guitarist Charles Lee. Reardon, healing from an injury, was introduced to Lee by guitarist John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie). John 5 had formerly worked with the guitarist in a band called Loser. The two recruited Matt Toast Young (Billy Idol) on drums and hired esteemed producer Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Seether) to produce this self-titled effort. The album fits snugly in the US modern rock scene with influences ranging from Soundgarden to Shinedown. The chorus parts are extremely commercial with a little loose percussion to create smoother passages. The group raise their fists, evident on stronger rifftastic staples “Holy Gasoline” and “Hell Yeah” but most of the material is slower-paced with too much warmth. I can’t help but think of Daughtry on songs like “Skeletons”. Overall, this is probably pleasing to rockers that don’t delve too much further than Top 40.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.