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Rock 'n' Roll Monster
Released: 2009, ControTempo Produzion
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Dirty Rockers are an Italian 5-piece who celebrate everything that 80s hard rock has to offer. Their debut album, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MONSTERS is a time warp to the decade of booze and glam, and though it’s not by any means perfect, it is an enjoyable throwback to a time when music didn’t take itself so seriously.
The band are caught between more traditional hard rock/metal in the vein of Priest, W.A.S.P. and AC/DC and the sleaze factor of L.A.’s Sunset Strip. “Soulbreaker,” “From Hell,” “S.I.N.” and the title track are straight up denim and leather, while tunes like “Living in the 80s”, “Love Pump”, and “Personal Hell” are more spandex and hairspray. It’s all in good fun and taken in the spirit with which it’s intended, I found myself smiling more often than not.
Vocalist Matteo Benci has a low, raspy vocal delivery that sounds a little out of place at first, but it grows on you as the album progresses. The album would have benefited with some backup vocals (or at least some extra vocal tracks) to round things out, but what you hear is what you get, and I’m picky about production.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MONSTERS isn’t going to change the world, but it’s a fun diversion. When you’re dressed as glam cowboys and punk rock gangsters, it’s hard to take things too seriously - but I get the feeling that’s not what Dirty Rockers had in mind anyway. Check out the band’s website for more info on ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MONSTERS.
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Matteo Benci - Vocals/Screaming
Valerio Quercioli - Guitar
Jacopo Fallai - Guitar
Vanni Fanfani - Bass Guitar
Jamil Cappelli - Drums
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