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Massive Wagons - Fight The System

Massive Wagons
Fight The System
by Daniel Fox at 15 August 2014, 10:39 PM

Everyone likes rock music, the attitude speaks to everyone. Some people just don’t know they like it - that’s where we come in" essentially sums up British Hard Rock band, MASSIVE WAGONS. A well-established live-act in their home country, they have decided it is time to land with a full-length, "Fight the System".

"Dirty Little Secrets" is a terrifically driving piece that hammers home a short, sweet, two-and-a-half-minute groove, brimming and blooming with riffs a la BLACK SABBATH, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and JUDAS PRIEST. If there's a downside, it is the regrettable monotony of the vocal tracking, barely leaving the same half-octave. But then, this is no music for wailing the likes of 'MAIDEN. A couple of tracks in, we come to some much more interesting material; "Mother", behind a comical backdrop, is a clever arrangement of unorthodox grooves set behind subtly complex drum patterns. Here, the production of the album shines as bright as the leather, the beautifully emotive workings of the guitar melodies the star of the show.

Taking it a few decades back in time is the album's ultimate road-trip track: "Red Dress". Two seconds into the highly 'American'-sounding intro, and we're brought back to the golden age of classic rock; the vocals this time being the Centre point. Baz definitely shows off here, as if previously holding back, successfully pulling a lost-but-not-forgotten genre out of the dirt of time and giving it a stellar belt while he's at it. "Black Witch" has to be my favorite track on the album, with the strongest display of riffs the band has yet to offer. Matching the vocals in power and catchiness, the grooves flow forth with ease, the first 30 minutes of the track the grandest display of Rock on the record. Some heavier elements are present here; riffs reminiscent of "Rocket Ride"-era EDGUY, and vocal smatterings that belong on a VOLBEAT record, strewn in to great effect.

It's about time the band laid down their well-proven chops in a debut, because this one kicks serious ass.

4 Star Rating

1. Dirty Little Secrets
2. SWT
3. Mother
4. Fight The System
5. Look Around
6. Rising Tides
7. Red Dress
8. Black Witch
9. Truth
10. Roll With the Rhythm
11. Alive
Barry ‘Baz’ Mills – Vocals
Adam Thistlethwaite – Guitar
Carl ‘Flash’ Cochrane – Guitar
Adam ‘Bowz’ Bouskill – Bass
Alex Thistlethwaite – Drums
Record Label: Off Yer Rocka Recordings


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