Rosco’s Riot – ‘Crazy And Wild’

Rosco’s Riot, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, are all about the classic heavy rock sound, as loud, as catchy and as fun as possible. They achieve it well. Unbelievably, the band in its current form has only been together for just over a year, though in that time, they’ve already achieved success in their home city of Belfast and have created a notable presence throughout the city’s rock venues. On the back of this success, they’ve recently been chosen to represent Northern Ireland at Hard Rock Hell’s Highway to Hell 7 Battle of the Bands, at Sheffield’s O2 Academy. Having already made their mark on the scene, Rosco’s Riot promise to whet your appetite for more and convert you to their sound.

Done Deal – Banging intro, that means business and no mistake. This is how to do rock. Class act, for certain. It’s got all you’d want in an intro track – instant, hard-hitting catchiness, pounding drums, vibrant melodies, energised vocals and high-impact riffs. Nothing missing here – except, as yet, its presence on the latest Classic Rock mag album. I’ll expect to see it on there soon. An intro and a half.

Crazy And Wild – Nice touch of sleazy slide guitar to start and a pair of lungs to rival many. It packs the power in spades. Upbeat, catchy, unhesitant and strong. Just how I like it). Some wild, luscious riffs in there and just pure metal. If you don’t get instantly hooked by this, your vital signs are failing. Killer.

Gypsy Eyes – Those opening vocals are just immense. Mystifying lyrics, a highly appealing sound and just nothing to do but rock along. How resonant are those lyrics? So easy to forget yourself indeed. There’s nothing else to say. It just rocks hard.

Begging For More – I already am! Right in there, with a southern drawl, before the lyrics have even begun. So visually intense, it will create images of the American mid-west, with pick-up trucks, big, beefy men and erm … Roadside Diners, selling real chicken and playing top-notch metal on the jukebox. Oh and what a fantastic fade-out riff. I only have one thing to say – the title says it all.

30 Feet From Heaven – Coming in just as strong, with heaps of melody. Measured beat, sliding the pace down, slightly and oh, so capably keeping that sexy rhythm, till it closes on another fabulous fade-out sound. It just rocks you to the core.

Girl – Slowing things down here, with a beautiful, chilled out melody, it’s no less rocky and shows those vocal chops off to their best ability, with all the grit to prove it. Such vocal maturity and matched, in mellow, yet still sexy style, by the riffs, both acoustic and electric, in equal measure. Let’s not neglect those passion fuelled drums either, as the same can be said for them. The day these guys got together was a good day for rock, it has to be said. I’m getting very fond of those familiar twanging fade-out riffs too. Sublime and rockily so.

Tainted Soul – Drumming things into life, in an absolute blitz storm of sheer power. As if that wasn’t enough, the vocals just blaze into life, on top form, with such heightened power, it almost defies belief. All those fellow fans of Daniel Trigger’s work, you’ll be utterly blown away by this. It’s almost left me literally speechless, with amazement, at the vocal power alone. Full volume rock attack. Take your favourite dreams with you, as you float right up to Metal Heaven.

Lie Lie – Feel that intro’s strength, as it moves into life, with a tangible sensation of life-giving energy, maintaining it throughout. Martyr De Mona fans will also dig his voice, with its full on feeling and sound to remember. It’s just bliss, from start to finish, never losing that vital passion and life force.

Twisted Family – Boom! Right in there and straight into life, with more of that irresistible energy, to rock you right out of yourself and into the stratosphere of rock. Melodic riffage at its best, to the end. Party rock central. It’s got that vibe, that instant catchiness and that total plausibility, to go with it. Get into it and let it take you away, to a better place.

Sweet Midnight – Kicking off with a drum and riff combo of such stunning sex appeal, it goes right off the scale. Damn, just how many more pens do I have to destroy, drumming along to songs like this, that just get me in the zone?! This is the absolute apex of all that rocks about rock!

Overall – If ever an album was made to take you straight to Rockers Paradise, it’s this one. Mind blowing, brain shattering, earth imploding joy. You need this in your life now. If you’re looking for that one exclusive rock album, with everything you could want and more, to rock out to, for the rest of your days, this is it. ‘Crazy And Wild’ will send you crazy and wild, in the best possible way. It’s one big, big sound, with a lasting and unforgettable impression. Easily amongst my top five albums of the year, so far. This is a giant of an album. The X factor of rock. In fact, never mind the X factor. This has got the R factor – The Rock Factor, big time. It’ll hit the big time, too. ‘Crazy and Wild’ is the Apex of Rock.

10/10 **********

For fans of Dan Trigger, Martyr De Mona, Furyon, Baleful Creed, Obey, BlackBerry Smoke, Black Stone Cherry, southern rock and big rock sounds, with powerful vocals.

 

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