Thursday, April 19 2012 13:10

G TOM MAC - Untame the Songs (Album Review)

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Vampires have been very good to G TOM MAC over the years. With the cult status of his LOST BOYS anthem Cry Little Sister keeping Gerard McMann forever fresh in the minds of fangbangers and beyond (he even recorded a re-vamped bluesy, TRUE BLOOD 'swamp version' in 2010), it always seems as if there's an inviting form of darkness surrounding McMann (sometime's McMahon)'s music. On his latest album, UNTAME THE SONGS, Mac adds to his cinema-ready sonic arsenal with eleven new songs that ride the line between rock and pop while keeping adventure at the forefront. Unlike some other post-2000 releases under the G TOM MAC banner, UNTAME THE SONGS doesn't feel like a nostaliga-trip or reintroduction. It's fresh.

untamecoverNot Ready to Die opens the record with it's power-pop mix of fuzzed out guitars and soulful chorus breaks. Fun song for sure, but I wish that Gerard would've been able to wrangle a video that didn't look so... cheap (see above). Watch Over Me is likely the next single, as it follows a similar formula, albeit with a more melodic hook. Where things really start getting interesting is when the guitars of Slave That You Are strike their first chord. There's a Trent Reznor-meets-Bowie vibe that infiltrates a few tracks on here, and this is where it starts - surfacing again on Killer Head (with some rap-rock as well). 

Say It's Ok has probably scored the most iTunes plays since the album first arrived here at Rock Father HQ, as it's bouncy as hell. There's so much going on here at times, that UNTAME THE SONGS has inspired comparisons in my mind to Robbie Williams, Prince, The Hives, and more. There was even a little Zeppelin-esque riffage during Groove At The End of The World

UNTAME THE SONGS is yet another great 2012 entry that defies traditional trappings while begging for listeners to find it. And, if you were absolutely hoping for some of that classic vampire action, well - I wasn't completely honest with you before. Listen to the choir on album closer Soul I Bare. You'll understand.

The Rock Father™ Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

*Note: The iTunes edition features an additional track, a remix of "Watch Over Me" by DJ COTTONMOUTH.

*Sidebar: I always wonder if people like G Tom Mac - that are so identified with an iconic piece of work - ever have days where they run around their houses, crazed and cursing the very cornerstone of their fame, while trashing everything around them like Godzilla-on-Tokyo. I really hope not, because I'd hate for Gerard to have a glance at this posting and storm off saying something about "that #$@! song!"


Seriously though, one of my adventures found me crossing paths with G Tom Mac briefly at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2009, where he played a version of this song accompanied by the late Corey Haim. The adventure continues...

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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