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Buckcherry - Hellbound Award winner

by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 15 September 2021, 6:17 AM

During the 80’s, what many call Hair Metal, Glam Metal or another label you can think of (it was usual to call it Hard Rock during the 80’s by magazines), the form of playing a style of music that could be aggressive and accessible at the same time was a huge worldwide success during the entire 80’s, but fell into nothingness due the Grunge Rock/Alternative Rock age in the early years of the 90’s. But the load of all these labels is carried by BUCKCHERRY, an experienced quintet of United States, as can be heard on “Hellbound”, their latest album.

Their musical work is based on a form of nasty Glam Metal with traces of many different influences (traces of Southern Rock, classic Hard Rock in a similar trend to AC/DC, something inherited of Grunge Rock, and others). But pay attention: these words don’t mean that the quintet has no personality. It’s the opposite, because this nasty and catchy form of music, based on a set of catchy ferine melodies, excellent choruses and a strong instrumental set of instrumental lines (with excellent vocals) is really amazing. They know what they’re doing, and what great energy flows from these songs! Once more, the band had Marti Frederiksen on the helmet of the production of one of their albums (and he helped on writing some of their songs as well). So the balance between a clean and defined sonority with very good crude instrumental tunes is in a high level. So be prepared to be hit by their music as by a missile!

Ten excellent songs are available on “Hellbound”, all of them a massive and hard experience. But to give you the best presentation possible, “54321” (a frantic set of simple and strong rhythms can be heard, with a solid work on bass guitar and drums, and what a catchy chorus), “So Hott” (where some influences of Grunge Rock are mixed with AC/DC-like energy), “Hellbound” (catchy guitar riffs in a trend similar to that presented by DEF LEPPARD’s “Pyromania” days, and another very good set of melodies), “No More Lies” (a very good influence from Country Rock), “Here I Come” (what very good accessible melodies and very good vocals), “Wasting No More Time” (a song with deep roots on Blues Rock, with a silk and modern vibe inherited of Grunge/Alternative Rock age), and “Barricade” are the ones. But on a second spin of the album, you’ll be hooked.

“Hellbound” is really a very good musical offering given by BUCKCHERRY, so take it. You won’t regret it!

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. 54321
2. So Hott
3. Hellbound
4. Gun
5. No More Lies
6. Here I Come
7. Junk
8. Wasting No More Time
9. The Way
10. Barricade
Josh Todd - Vocals
Billy Rowe - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Stevie D. - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Kelly LeMieux - Bass
Francis Ruiz - Drums
Record Label: Earache Records


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