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Rebel Priest - Lost in Tokyo Award winner

Rebel Priest
Lost in Tokyo
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 21 September 2021, 3:45 PM

Hard Rock has an ample set of musical possibilities. You can think of bands using a melodic and Glam touch (as some bands from US Glam Metal in the 80’s, as MÖTLEY CRUE, QUIET RIOT and others, and as said some time ago, it was usual to label such band as Hard Rock on those days), or those who uses a filthy and ferocious approach (as AC/DC, and at certain point of view, MOTÖRHEAD). On the nasty and aggressive tendencies lays the Canadian trio REBEL PRIEST that comes back after “R’lyeh Heavy” (2019) with this 4-tracks EP, “Lost in Tokyo”.

Their musical work, as described above, is a melodic and catchy form of Hard Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll that combines the melodic and crude form of their way with a massive and ‘mastodonic’ weight. Obviously, such a blend isn’t new, but the way they play is different and personal, filled with strategic hooks, charming choruses and nasty filthy melodies that are impossible to resist. It’s dirty and excellent! Produced, mixed and mastered by Rene De La Muerte, everything on “Lost in Tokyo” works in the right way for the music’s sonority: filthy and nasty as a smoky bar near of a road where fights happen every hour. But as the songs are being played, the listeners will understand that’s being expressed by the trio without problem. And the cover of Nate Pole is really very good.

“Lost in Tokyo” sounds heavy and catchy, a whiskey sent flowing from its melodies and guitars riffs and solos, and what lovely chorus. The same happens on “Back Alley Blues”, but with very good and climatic tempos (with very good vocals and backing vocals being presented on it). “Vulgar Romance” is a vulgar Hard Rock song with an evident melodic appeal, but being a Sasquatch stomp in the feet. And their version for “When the Whip Comes Down”, a song of SLASH PUPPET, shows their personality fused to the song (what very good vocals and guitars), a perfect song for a live show after the pandemic is gone.

Pay attention for REBEL PRIEST’s Rock ‘n’ Roll homily, because as they preach Rock ‘n’ Roll with “Lost in Tokyo”, you’ll be converted to their hard Rock cult.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Lost in Tokyo
2. Back Alley Blues
3. Vulgar Romance
4. When the Whip Comes Down (Slash Puppet Cover)
Jayme Black - Bass, Vocals
Benny Kemp - Guitars, Vocals
Nate Pole - Drums, Vocals
Record Label: Batcave Records


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