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512eQXCamhL. SL160 If you've ever wondered what a big 70's rock record would sound like created in the here and now, THE DAMNED THINGS are worth a listen as that's just what they've set out to do on their Mercury Records debut, IRONICLAST.

With groove-driven riffage courtesy of ANTHRAX guitarists SCOTT IAN and ROB CAGGIANO, and former FALL OUT BOY axe-slinger JOE TROHMAN, the band finds itself roaring through a 40-minute set of straight-up rock jams. EVERY TIME I DIE frontman KEITH BUCKLEY handles vocal duties, and while respectful of the intended outcome, often comes up a bit short.

Buckley's vocal stylings hardly bring the album down as a whole, but they come off as somewhat too clean, never building into the type of aggressiveness that would've been a perfect compliment to the music on which they ride.

Many of the album's strongest cuts arrive around the halfway mark, with "We've Got A Situation Here," "Black Heart," and "Grave Robber" placing themselves among the standouts on IRONICLAST.

Rating: 3.5/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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