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HeadrusH – Just Bring It On

March 26, 2010 by  

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HeadrusH – Just Bring It On

NAME: HeadrusH
ALBUM : Just Bring It On
YEAR: 2010
LABEL: Self Released
RATING: 2/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Livin’ In A Fantasy? Definitely!

LOCATION: Midlands, UK

LINE UP: Andy Law (vocals) / Chris Khosa (guitars) / Dan Smith (guitars) / Tabbie (bass) / Kirk Stubbs (drums)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Reading this Rock/Metal quintet’s list of achievements, one can’t help but be impressed by their accomplishments. Playing along side the likes of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and supporting bands such as The Answer & Airbourne to name a few. And now they are releasing their debut album ‘Just Bring It On’. Produced by Peter Coleman (who has worked in a somewhat tiny capacity from what I can fathom with AC/DC and Black Sabbath, a fact the band are obviously keen to emphasize), the album features 11 tracks of “crunching music”.

SOUNDS LIKE: Opening track ‘Make You Mine’ described as an “AC/DC style rocker” is more akin to the late 80’s onslaught of imitators. Those that were thankfully erased by a bunch of local Seattle bands. To compare, AC/DC lyrics are clever and tongue n’ cheek, these are definitely not. And then on to the most interesting inclusion – a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’. Obviously ol’ Kirk Stubbs hadn’t really bothered to listen to the original as all sense of groove and rhythm seems to escape him right from the word go (a recurring theme throughout this album). Good lyrics and melodies though!

Look out, here comes the token ballad. The awful vocals can only be mentioned so many times so it’s best we skip this one. And the next few… As track 7 confirms, these guys really are ‘Livin In a Fantasy’ if they think this piffle has “a commercial side that sets them apart from other unsigned acts”.

On the plus side the guitar work on most of the tracks (notably ‘Just Bring It On’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘A Thousand Pictures’) is of a high standard and manages to raise the album from lowest marks. Sadly it is let down by the sloppy rhythm section, formulaic melodies and boring lyrics. The production is crisp but when a handful of the songs seem to go off tempo you wonder if anyone was paying attention!

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU: try really REALLY hard.

LINKS: MySpace

– Joe McLean






 

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