The Last Act - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - 2004 --Nailer
1. Intro 2. Broken Dawn 3. Full Volumage 4. Vision 5. Slave To The Nerve 6. The Memory 7. Rage 8. Guilded Justice 9. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 10. What Are You Waiting For? 11. Struggle
Every year I come upon a couple really great hard rock bands. Sweden's Mother Misery and their formidable 'grandiosity' hit early capturing the breadbasket sound of the American Midwest. With the year almost over, The Last Act's second album provided the bookend to 2004 with 'No Good Deed Goes Unpunished'. After an oddly shimmering opening instrumental, 'Broken Dawn' lights up the CD with a crisp, raw sound reminiscent of 1979-82 when the 70s gave way to the harder-edged 80s and speed and hair were mostly underground thoughts. The rock sensibility here is so perfectly done that I'm convinced that somebody in the band is a musical genius or they've all spent copious amounts of time listening to early Ozzy, Riot, Leppard, Zeppelin and the pummeling of Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Colin Murphy's vocals have an odd early-Ozzy tone (made better with slight vocal treatments) and a couple numbers--Full Volumage and Guilded Justice--sound like the production budget was already busted, but they're easily forgiven with the loose, painful jams of 'Struggle' and the fantastic title track. There's plenty of rough edges for a label/company to file off and some inconsistencies to grow out of, but overall The Last Act is a class hard rock act and one of my favorite independent CDs for the year.
Score: 8.5 of 10
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