Psycho Virginteen - 2009 - A Practical Lesson In Etiquette
1. Backdoor Baby
2. Hardrock Storm
3. Liquor Store
4. Travellin' Man
5. Race Rocking Rebel
Finally! The first piece of Belgian rock to land on our doorstep...
Needless to introduce these guys (if you read the gig section, that is), but Psycho Virginteen is a metal collective that is now bringing back hardrock's forgotten glory.
Riff-laden and packed with rock n' roll stories pouring through the speakers, this is a demo/mini/EP worthy of catching a big number of ears.
"Backdoor Baby" sets the pace and gives a taste of more to come. You'll be belching along soon to the nagging chorus, great in its simplicity (needless to say, that ain't a bad thing).
"Hardrock Storm" delivers the goods also, falling flat with the instrumental break and picking right up again with some nice backing vocals.
"Liquor Store" pumps all the way through, with lyrics to match the backstreet alcohol romance telltale. Great guitar work on this one!
With a Cinderella-sounding intro that quickly bursts into the obligatory power ballad, "Travellin' Man" gives you what you want, but nothing more than that, unfortunately. I can see bigger ballads coming up later on, but this one doesn't really do it for me (even though it works in a live set)...
"Race Rocking Rebel" picks up speed again, and is the most metal-sounding song on the album. This is also the first one I ever got to hear, and still sounds the way it first did: building up to a speedy tempo, creating a wall of sound, and keeping it up until the song ends.
Finally, we have "Gunshot", another melodic rocker that proves the experience and potential in this band.
As a whole, the disc stands as a first effort, and will work even better on stage. I'm getting real curious to hear new material and I'll definitely keep a close eye on the evolution of this band.
Check out three of the songs on http://www.myspace.com/psychovirginteen
Last Updated (Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:17)