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Nasty Idols
Boys Town

Company: Metal Heaven
Release: 2009
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: EC

  • A balls out rock record from start to finish



  • Sweden is rocking it out like the whole damn country is the famed Sunset Strip. Big hair and big chops permeate the landscape with acts like Crash Diet, Star Rats, Hardcore Superstar, and Loud 'N Nasty taking it to the streets with a hard rock kick in the nuts. The next big band? Perhaps it is Nasty Idols, who for years have toiled in the back lots with stinker albums like "Cruel Intensions" and "Vicious". The band has been around over 20 years and never really even came close to a decent record outside of "Heroes For Sale" from 2002. That all changed with new album "Boys Town"!

    This is a balls out rock record from start to finish, complete with two almost mandatory power ballads to fit in nicely with 1989. The band show off from the first track, the driving "Rock Out" which is as elementary and basic as its name. This is easy paint by numbers hard rock with an anthem like chorus. Sure, this has been done a zillion times over but Nasty Idols picks it up and puts their own spin on it and creates something that is really just fun to romp too. The Swedes nail a couple of bombastic heavy handed doses with "Evil One", "Scar For Life", and "Need The Nite". The band hits it big with a tune that is by far the best song Guns 'N Roses never wrote called "Crashlanding" ("crashlanding and we're walking out ALIVE!"). The lead single "48 Hours" is just plain...well....nasty. The band hits the mid-tempo exchangs with "7 Year Itch" and the grinding title-track.

    This is the band's first album for Metal Heaven, a label that seems Hell-bent on putting out every piece of metal they can over the next 2 years. Overall Nasty Idols have delivered some fine Sunset Strip glory. Remember kids, there are two kinds of hard rock hitting Planet-E right now. You have your "modern" telling of hard rock in the style of Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Audioslave (and its copy cats) and then you have the tried and true formula of ripping up song after song of 80s styled class. Nasty Idols are very much the latter.

    Note - Would have been a 5 but the two ballads are pussy-go-getters.


    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 served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. 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.

    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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