AFTERSHOK - Burning Chrome
April 5, 2005, 14 years ago
It is refreshing in the day and age of overblown power metal releases, to come across a sound that is both fresh and familiar at the same time. You may remember lead singer Vic Hix from his brush with fame in the 1980s as lead singer of Midwest rockers Shok Paris. Style wise, Aftershok pick up where Shok Paris left off, relying on straight-up hard rock/old school metal. With Burning Chrome you get nothing fancy, riffs aplenty, a few acoustic intros, all courtesy of guitarist George Mihalovich, class of which is 'When Comes The Rain'. At least three of the tracks remind me of old Accept, namely the title track, 'Riot' and "Bombs Away'. The vocal works of Vic Hix is best placed in the same style of ex-Rainbow throat, Graham Bonnett. So again, another old school influence. Terrific effort.