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rivalsonscoverFor the past few months, I've been getting Los Angeles rockers RIVAL SONS tossed in front of me constantly. It seems every few years we get someone that's going to usher in a new era of 60's/70's rock stylings (WOLFMOTHER, anyone?) and it just never seems to happen. There's some bands that are great at what they do, but the movement just isn't there. While I still don't see a massive revival coming any time soon, RIVAL SONS have created a hell of an album with the release of PRESSURE & TIME.

With 10 songs clocking in at a total of 30.7 minutes, PRESSURE & TIME is modern classic rock without the bloat. Served up in reasonable portions that average just 3-minutes a piece, the 'SONS manage to capture the feeling of ZEPPELIN here and there (Face of Light) with a more fuzzed-out groove that recalls CREAM (Young Love) with a dash of HENDRIX (guitar on Only One) and THE SWEET (Save Me channels the Ballroom Blitzquite a bit).

Bottom Line: While it's hard to believe that this record arrived via EARACHE (yes, the former home to NAPALM DEATH and CARCASS),  PRESSURE & TIME is well-worth your time if you're seeking some classic garage sounds. Whether RIVAL SONS can achieve longevity is another story.

Rating: 4/5

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.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

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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