Classic Rock Magazine has been praising Rival Sons for quite some time now. Rightfully so, this band kicks some major ass. Pressure & Time, the band’s 2nd full length will be released to the masses soon. Get ready, it’s about to hit hard like a storm.
The opening track, “All Over The Road” opens with some fast paced, 70’s based retro rock. “Young Love” is, at times, sounds like a mix between an Aerosmith and Doors tune. It’s outgoing and engaging. “Pressure & Time” has a nice funky vibe to it featuring plenty of bass and loud vocals and some great guitar solos. “Only One” is a mellower and powerful tune. It’s got everything, powerful vocals, great guitar and drumming and features an organ too. “Get Mine” sounds like a classic blues rock tune.”Burn Down Los Angeles” is a bass and guitar heavy number with some great lead and (more…)
In a good way, this EP is like an extension of Before The Fire. It’s an extra 6 songs and 28 minutes if listened back to back. It is a true masterpiece within itself. “Get Whats Coming” starts it off then rolls into the heavy hitting “Torture.” “Radio” roars at you in the same vein as “Tell Me Something”. “Sacred Tongue” slows down the pace a bit much like “The Man Who Wasn’t There”. “Sleepwalker” picks it back up and then the bluesy closer “Soul” brings it to a nice and easy stop. (more…)
I’d like to thank The Soda Shop follower Jim P. For turning me onto this next band. Without him I doubt I would have run across Rival Sons. Rival Sons is a four piece band hailing from southern California. They play an awesome brand of late 70’s classic/hard rock. Think early Aerosmith. Vocalist Jay Buchanan even sounds a bit like Steven Tyler. While the comparisons are there, this band is not an Aerosmith tribute band.
The opening track “Tell Me Something” reminds me a bit of “Walk The Line.” More so in the way the song is structured and not so much as the way the song sounds. “Memphis Sun” is a big blues rock sounding song that gets pretty epic as it continues. It’s easily my favorite track on the album. The fourth track, “Angel” is just as great and epic. “Pocket of Stones” will rock your ears out til it bleeds. With track 6, “The Man Who Wasn’t There” the band band brings it down a few notches. The song is a much slower in both tone and tempo. “On My Way” is another bluesy track with that mixes the speed and is an epic song that wouldn’t surprise me if it wounded up on a movie soundtrack. The album ends with “Nanda-Nandana” which is a faster and upbeat tune and incorporates some different styles and sounds.
This album really took me by surprise. I’ve listened to it at least 10 times in the last 3 days. I’m currently listening to it as I write up this review. The album is for just about everyone. Whether you like old school 70’s, classic rock, hard rock and/or southern rock or bands like Aerosmith, Night Horse, Dirty Sweet or even Graveyard , you’ll like this. The album was released last year directly through the band. Check out what they have to offer on their sites.Leave your comments below, let us know what you think.
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