Friday, August 30, 2019

REVIEW : THE DEFIANTS, Zokusho (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 13 September 2019)

This is the album that all the fans of Danger Danger asked for!! The Defiants is a band that consists of Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger), Bruno Ravel (bass-Danger Danger), Steve West (drums-Danger Danger) and the amazing guitarist Rob Marcello (Danger Danger). With already one great debut record on their sleeves, The Defiants strike back with yet another killer release, through Frontiers Music, with the title "Zokusho" this September!!!

The opening tune of "Love Is The Killer" is simply breathtaking melodic hard rock stuff that will put a wide smile upon the face of every fan of Danger Danger (especially on those that loved the sound with Paul Laine on lead vocals). Punchy with a chorus line to die for and, of course, these superb guitar lines by Rob Marcello. Next in "Standing On The Edge" we have another powerful melodic hard rock dynamite while in "Hollywood In Headlights" the band delivers a classic DD song!! Paul Laine's amazing vocal lines, the fantastic hook n' chorus line and these superb harmonic lines are out of this world!! Top stuff!!    

The commercial and very summer-esque tune of "Fallin' For You", the emotional "Hold On Tonite" and the video-single of "U X'D My Heart" are all three songs that are all includes big choruses, heavenly harmonies and strong arrangements. At this time, I have to say that so far "Zokusho" is in one word AMAZING!!! 

"It Goes Fast" is one of this 'typical' U.S. hair metal anthems (if you know what I'm talkin' about..) and features a nice groove in it while in "Stay" we have another winner out of the new record. I just love here the arrangements, the inspired guitar lines (just check out the solo...), the soulful vocals and in general I love every little thing about this tune. "Alive" reminded me a bit of Bon Jovi's earlier works and "Drink Up!" will rock your shocks off!!!!  

THE DEFIANTS are back with a huge follow-up record!! Holy mother, this is gonna be a future classic, no doubt about that! Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel, Steve West and Rob Marcello are ready to rock your world and, for sure, they are ready to tear you house down with their powerful, punchy, anthemic and melodic music! So far this is THE ALBUM of the year!!! Buy or die!!!

Rating : 10 / 10 

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