If Motley Crue were bitten by zombies and resurrected with instruments in-hand, they'd probably sound a lot like MURDERDOLLS.
With elements of punk and glam infiltrating the metallic crunch, WOMEN & CHILDREN LAST could be the soundtrack of an alternate-reality Sunset Strip, running upside-down and beneath the streets.
There's been a lot of musical "resurgence" over the past few years, and one area particularly feeling the swell is that of the pure "rock" band. It's hard to look anywhere and not see somone being touted as either "the next big thing" or the "saviors of rock-n-roll," and most of the time it's just bullshit. On the other hand, the past few years have brought us some great bands that are fully entitled to carry the "rock" flag and do it well. SAVING ABEL, THE LAST VEGAS, and TAKING DAWN all come to mind.
It's hard to believe that Chicago's DISTURBED have already been at it for over a decade. The band that rose to stardom by inviting listeners to get "Down With the Sickness" has come a long way from the dark clubs of the Windy City (anyone remember the bassist auditions at Oasis 160?) to headlining arenas and playing host to their growing MUSIC AS A WEAPON tours.
THE SWORD is back, and goddamn if they aren't mighty as hell.
On the Austin bands latest effort, WARP RIDERS, The Sword presents a concept album brooding with science-fiction from front to back, wrapped in a tasty nugget of hardcore stoner metal. From the moment the artwork hit the web looking like a long forgotten cover for an early 1980's ATARI 2600 game cartridge, my interest was piqued. Would there be a let down? Not hardly.
ATOM SMASH would like you to know that they are a rock band. From the cover art featuring a woman spread-eagle with angel wings and a missile rising between her legs, the "rock" is quite evident on their debut release and not-so-subtle penis nod LOVE IS IN THE MISSILE, due out August 31 via Jive Records.
On their sophomore album DISPOSING OF BETRAYERS (out September 14 via Unruly Sounds/The End Records), fellow Chicagoans THESE ARE THEY mine the rich history of Organized Crime in our city to create an album that carries with it a unique topical approach wrapped within it's brutal sonic delivery.