Saints Of The Underground was formed by Keri Kelli and Bobby Blotzer, and then they recruited Jani Lane and Robbie Crane. It started out as a group to play covers and have some fun during off time from their respective bands. The chemistry amongst them was so good that it just evolved into what we hear on this recording.
Some people may immediately label this album falsely based solely on the cover and who is in the group. Upon seeing Jani front and center some may immediately think “Heaven” or “Cherry Pie”, true he was the voice behind those two great songs but this is much more. For comparison reasons this album is closer to Warrant’s DOG EAT DOG disc mainly due to the fact of Jani’s distinct vocals and the heaviness of the songs. Upon first listen you are dragged in with catchy melodies, great guitar and pounding drums. The vast majority of the songs on here are upbeat with only one mellow ballad and that one being a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Moonlight Mile”. The other cover song on the album is a beefed up version of Tom Petty’s “American Girl. I guess its hard not to include some classic covers on the album when that it what started the group but the talent in the band is so huge it is a shame the disc isn’t all originals. Maybe next album? As for the original cuts……heavy as fuck! Not in the brutal death metal sense but in the rock sense. The drums are deep sounding and just hit you in the chest, the guitar is slightly distorted like the 80’s Sunset Strip metal……perfectly fitting. Add in some killer vocals from Jani and the melodic basslines from Robbie and you have a sure fire hit album. Jani hasn’t sounded this good in ages. It’s great to see him back on top and belting it out again. A couple of the stand outs on here are the opening track “Dead Man Shoes” which just grabs you from the start, “All In How You Wear It” which can be interpreted as judging a book by its cover.
One of the best albums you can purchase this year. Chock full of great music with no filler. Hopefully this is just the beginning…….
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