Swilson – Swilson

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Vanishing Point Records
Release Date: 26/10/2018
Running Time: 32:17
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Swilson are a rock ‘n’ roll band from New Jersey and Los Angeles, formed in 2009, and October 2018 saw them unleash their self-titled album.

Swilson say “this album isn’t just an album, it’s a doorway.” It certainly had a good vibe for me and had me dancing around while listening to it. It’s a high energy, upbeat, full on album. There are no 7 minutes plus songs, just short, punchy, energy hitting tracks.

“Swilson” was produced by Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Ross The Boss, The Wizards) and engineered, mixed and mastered by Jesse Cannon (Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cure, Man Overboard)

The band consists of Stephen on Guitar and Vocals, Squeaky Dave on Stun Guitar, Dean Rispler on Bass, Chris Orlando on Drums and Seth Meisterman as Minster of Propaganda.

The album represents the progression of their attitude and line up, as the band explains; “Just like there have been many versions of you, there have been also been many Swilsons” but I think no matter the changes, this recording is a great representation of what these guys are capable of.

There is not a dull moment on the whole album, and standout tracks for me would have to be ‘Born In The Year Zero’ a bassy, drum thumping track, and ‘Axeman Of Your Dreams’ which is almost menacing with lyrics such as “a Rolex on a severed hand” and “revenge is not enough.” There is an immense guitar solo which blends into the background, only to punch its way back out again. Just outstanding!

Any track that can stop me typing and get me tapping the side of the keyboard is a good one in my eyes and ‘Stoned In Blood’ did just that. It is definitely a car window down and on full blast sort of track. ‘Witchcraft 2018’ has to be my favourite though as the nonstop beat track is a ride from beginning to end. It is full of energy and, to be fair, most of them are. I wish I could bottle their vigour and sell it, I would make a fortune! Check out ‘Wizard King’ and you will understand exactly what I mean.

I also get a real punky vibe from some of the tracks, almost Public Image Limited thrown together with the Clash and a hint of Iggy Pop but with a definite rock beat. It truly is a great package!

Although the album isn’t long at approximately 33 minutes for 12 tracks, it is nonstop from track one. I will definitely look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

Tracklisting:
1 – I Like Love
2 – Witch Trial Modern day
3 – Stoned In Blood
4 – Cyclops Cobra
5 – Rats With Wings
6 – Wizzard King
7 – Axeman Of Your Dreams
8 – Loaded Question
9 – Witchcraft 2018
10 – Chase Vampire CPA
11 – Monkey Brain
12 – Born In The Year Zero

LINKS:
https://swilson13.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Swilson666/
https://www.instagram.com/swilsonband/

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Trevor and The Wolves – Road to Nowhere

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Trevor and the Wolves – Road to Nowhere
Nadir Music
Release Date: 02/02/2018
Running Time: 49:34
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

Finding background on the band Trevor and the Wolves is not easy. There seems to be precious little information on the world wide web and the small bit that can be found, is mostly written in Italian!

Trevor and The Wolves is the side project of death metal band Sadist’s vocalist, Trevor Sadist, and this album couldn’t be more different if it tried.

Featuring a number of special guests including Christian Meyer (Elio E Le Storie Tese), Stefano Cabrera (Gnu Quartet), Paolo Bonfanti, Grazia Quaranta, Francesco Chinchella and Daniele Barbarossa (Winterage), the new album Road to Nowhere was recorded at the Italian Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, under the expert supervision of Tommy Talamanca as producer.

With obvious influences from the hard rock end of the rock and metal spectrum, this is a good old-fashioned rock and roll album. Its simplistic in style but that in no way takes away from the appeal of the music.

Think the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC, mix it with a bit of Motörhead and Saxon, and you are somewhere close to what this band sound like. I am not a HUGE fan of any of the just mentioned bands, but I do like this album. The rough vocals of Trevor are ideally suited to this type of rock, there are riffs galore and at just under fifty minutes in length, there is plenty to get your listening gear round.

The guitar solos are simple yet expertly executed and you can just imagine the drummer and bass player bouncing around the stage keeping everyone in time. I personally love to see musicians making music other than what they are known for and, having listened to a bit of Sadist just for comparison purposes, this is nothing like what Trevor is known for.

With enough grit and gravel to line all the roads in England during a cold snap of weather, I think this is a must for any hard rock fan’s collection. Slightly heavier than AC/DC, it still has the party feel about it and will certainly have you bounding round your living room strutting your stuff on your air guitar!

 

TRACK LISTING
From Hell To Heaven Ice
Burn At Sunrise
Red Beer
Black Forest
Bath Number 666
Spiritual Leader
Roadside Motel
Wings Of Fire
Lake Sleeping Dragon
Unforgivable Mistake

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://en-gb.facebook.com/trevorandthewolves/
http://www.twitter.com/TrevorSadist96
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Deadheads – This One Goes to 11

 

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DEADHEADS – THIS ONE GOES TO 11
High Roller Records
Release date 26/01/2018
Review by Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond
Running time: 38:00
6/10

I confess to having never heard of Swedish four-piece, Deadheads, although “This One Goes to 11” is their third album. Labelling themselves as ‘energetic rock and roll’, this band are all that and more; this album is eleven tracks of frenetically paced, good time rock which was fairly infectious to listen to.

The first track, ‘Black Out’ gallops along with brattish guitars and a thumping pace and although it was light on lyrics with a repetitive chorus, it certainly stuck in my brain for a while after listening.

I found a punkish element to next song, ‘Don’t Mind The Ghost’, which featured a simple hook and echoing vocals; in fact, pretty much all of the songs had a punk feel to them, with some nice keyboard/piano work showing on ‘Manic Mondays’.

The pace slowed a little with ‘Too Lost To Be Found’, which had a real vintage flavour to it and was one of my more favoured tracks on the album. I particularly liked the last track, ‘Status Low’; it wasn’t vastly different to the other songs, but I enjoyed the lyrics and the key changes made it feel a little less mad and ever so slightly more laid back.

I think if you take the time to listen to this album five or six times in a row, you will probably find nuances and changes from song to song; just listening to it twice through, it sounded kind of samey in places.

Quality and production-wise, the sound is a little muffled on some tracks – whether that was intentional, I’m not sure, but it was a bit irritating in places. Deadheads have been touring on and off in Europe, so perhaps they will be popping up on the UK festival circuit next year. I’d make a point of catching them live if I can; the songs are infectious and carry a certain amount of punk groove, so it would be interesting to see how that translates onto a live stage.
TRACK LISTING
● Black Out
● Don’t Mind The Ghost
● Somebody Along The Way
● Manic Mondays
● Too Lost To Be Found
● The Plan
● Instant Control
● 2 Steps Before The Fall
● Lucifer
● My Time
● Status Low

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/deadheadsband
http://www.deadheadsband.com/

 
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