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Hell N' Diesel
Passion for Power

Company: Locomotive Records
Release: 2008
Reviewer: JP
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating
3.5



  • Isn't breaking any innovations, but 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 Cre, 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.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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