Monday, January 7, 2013

The Bronx are back in Town

So, ahem, a little birdie told me that there might be a way to hear the new Bronx cd ( IV) , so that's what I've been doing.
The last CD (III) was more a foray into standard Hard Rock, albeit heavily influenced by the Hardcore that is deep in the Bronx's soul. This is more Alt-Rock influenced. Lots of Rocket From the Crypt, as per usual, but tracks like "Along for the Ride" and "Style over Everything" could fit on a Foo Fighters record, if Dave was in the mood to rock much more hard than he ever has in the Foos. There's a slight Thin Lizzy reference  in the title. That's on purpose. If you're as old as me, you might remember "Thunder and Lightening" era Thin Lizzy? You might remember Rose Tattoo's "Assault and Battery" LP? Yeah, well, I can promise you that the Bronx remember it well. Still, there's something chasing Matt. I don't know if his last name is a stage name, but it fits him: Caught, Ran. Listen to "Too many Devils" and tell me he's not a haunted man- still running from something that caught him once.But, something new is here- harmony vocals, and even a little anthemic crooning from track to track.
Also as per usual, they leaven the outright blistering rockers with a ballad or two. "Torches" fills that role here and it's like the Replacements trying to do a Flogging Molly styled anthem."Life Less Ordinary " is more their typical blues number, and still hits hard, even without drums...
"Ribcage", however is a better song than The Riverboat Gamblers ( who I like, don't get me wrong) have done in years.
Let's hope that Last Revelation isn't. While I don't think we're ever going to get back first album Bronx, they still bring the Rock in a way all too few do...

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