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Ambition – Rock Breaker

Ambition
Rock Breaker
by Mike McMahan at 13 May 2020, 10:24 PM

Brazil seems to be all about Heavy Metal. Most shows that I have seen filmed there are filled with rabid fans having tremendous fun, feeding the energy of the band and the music. Of late, there seems to have been more of a push towards the extreme; with Thrash, Speed, and Death being the “metal order of the day.”

It came as a bit of a shock to hear AMBITION, and their debut release “Rock Breaker.” They are a four-piece band, heavily influenced by the music scenes of the late seventies and early to mid-eighties; citing influences such as KROKUS, AC/DC, RIOT, MAMA’S BOYS, and SAXON amongst others. They are all very capable musicians, and the album screams with guitars and raw vocals.

Opening the record up is a short instrumental titled “Ambition (Stronger Than Fear).”  The song works around a centralized guitar theme, and at times gets a tad boring, and maybe a little irritating because of it. It lasts only a little over a minute, which is truly the only thing that kept my hopes alive going forward. I didn’t have to wait long for business to pick up.

Rock Breaker,” the second cut, screams in to save the day with a very solid opening guitar riff and some heavy bottom end tying everything together. Listening to this one, I couldn’t help but draw a little comparison to the legendary MOTORHEAD, with its feverish drive and incredibly heavy feel. The guitar solos involved here certainly help feed the fire as well.

Screaming in the Dark” follows, again showing some very adept work on guitars from Mass and Little Bat. This track has the same feel; very heavy, very driven, and extremely raw, with an almost half spoken and gravelly vocal delivery. If there is a complaint to be had here, the song checks in at a bit over six minutes long. With the repetitive nature of the material, it may overstay its welcome by just a touch.

The fourth cut has the same type of feel. “Play the Game” starts off with that same in your face delivery, and the band turns in what promises to be another great performance…until the last forty-five seconds of the song. For unknown reasons, they felt inclined to include a “call and response” section at the end of this one, and the spoken word delivery of it turns the song into a comedic mess.

It seems like everyone is waking up to the fantastic work of pioneering metal-heads BUDGIE these days, and AMBITION is no exception. They include a cover of “Heavy Revolution,” from the 1980 release “Power Supply,” and they do a fairly admirable job of it. It is not on par with BANDOLIER KINGS’ workmanship, but it isn’t bad.

At the end of the day, there is nothing new to see here. The band is very adept, musically speaking, maybe lacking a bit of maturity in structure and songwriting; but they are having a good time. They are also helping to bring this musical style back into the public eye, and I wish them the best.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Ambition (Stronger Than Fear)
2. Rock Breaker
3. Screaming in the Dark
4. Play the Game
5. Heroes Die Young
6. Evil Burns
7. Finger on the Trigger
8. Heavy Revolution (BUDGIE Cover)
9. Fight for Your Life
Lineup:
Mr. Mass – Guitar/Vocals
Marcel Little Bat – Guitars
Gus F. – Bass
Oconner Peart – Drums
Record Label: Inferno Records
     


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