EXXOCET - Rock & Roll Under Attack
April 12, 2016, 4 years ago
Young Chilean outfit, seeking to resurrect the fun-time music of the ‘80s, which they missed. While they look to be about the same age as the original Trixter, with similar ripped t-shirt & dyed hair glam-lite, musically they're more in line with Poison. It's a bit odd then, that the album opens with a helicopter at war sound effect, for a track entitled “Heavy Metal Angels”. Damn infectious though! As with their mentors, there's a high degree of saccharine (“Never Let You Go”) and a ballad, acoustic/electric “When The Roses Die” (they reform, with Slash & Axel, right?).
Dokken/Lynch would be proud of the commercial appeal to “Raise Your Fist” thanks in no small part to a lengthy, aggressive guitar break. “Latina Girl” could be a Van Halen/David Lee Roth outtake, musically and lyrically, but apart from the opener, the best moments are the mindless Sunset Strip stomp of “Ride Or Die (Metal Monster)”, “Speed Of The Wind”, punky “Battleline” and video/single “Party Tonite”. A brilliant recreation or dreaded flashback, depending on your point of view. Still there are plenty longing for the "good ol' days" around the globe.