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Broken Teeth - 4 on the Floor

Broken Teeth
4 on the Floor
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 29 September 2017, 7:36 AM

Hard Rock act BROKEN TEETH, once described as “a pissed off AC/DC,” formed in Texas at the turn of the century. Fronted by one of the strongest voices in the genre with a range that few possess (DANGEROUS TOYS’ Jason McMaster), the band presents the EMP Label Group debut titled “4 on the Floor,” which contains ten new tracks. In checking out their discography, I see that this is their eighth release, though I am unsure if any previous releases contain live albums or compilations. I am then wondering where I have been since 2000 not being familiar with the band…but let’s get to the review.

The title track opens with the powering up of an engine of what sounds like a muscle car, leading into the main riff, which is indeed very reminiscent of Bon Scott era AC/DC. The main riff is simple, energetic and pentatonic in nature. McMaster snarls throughout the track like a coiled snake. “Sinful” is a much slower track but if you didn’t know any better, it could easily be mistaken for a track from the “Let There Be Rock,” like “Let Me Put My Love Into you.” Dirty and gritty, it satisfies that old school edge that you might not have re-visited in a while. Still, with the sound so close to the aforementioned band, you have to ask if bringing it back to life/continuing it has any useful value today?

“Getcha Some” has a brighter melody but still very much of that similar sound so far. The bass guitar thumps on the low E string as the track moves along but ventures out a bit here and there, and is really key to holding the sound together. “House of Damnation” is a fast moving rocker and perhaps the first track that holds a little more of the band’s personality. “Never Dead” has a fuzzy riff and harkens back to old school days of denim, leather, and MOTORHEAD. The lead breaks even sound like Eddie Clarke or Phil Campbell strumming away with a pick. “All Day Sucker” is surely a reference easily understood. It has a sexy, bluesy sound, and McMaster croons with all the swag of a seasoned frontman. As I had hoped, the closing track, “Rock Bottom,” is indeed a cover of the KISS classic, and I never tire from listening to it. It is very true to the original sound but also has some modern updates.

Overall, despite my assertion that this could just be an AC/DC cover band, I think I had to acquiesce that this was just a fun album from a positive bunch of rockers who are not interested in reinventing the wheel on “4 on the Floor.” If you enjoy Hard Rock in the vein of its heyday in the 1970’s and 980’s, I have no doubt that you will enjoy the album.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 4
Memorability: 5
Production: 7

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Four on the Floor
2. Sinful
3. All or Nothing
4. Getcha Some
5. Borrowed Time
6. House of Damnation
7. Let the War Machine Roll
8. Never Dead
9. All Day Sucker
10. Rock Bottom
Lineup:
Jason McMaster - Vocals
Jared Tuten - Guitars
David Beeson - Guitars
Robb Lampman - Bass
Bruce Rivers – Drums
Record Label: EMP Label Group
     


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Edited 25 June 2019
 

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