Released: 2011, Tee Pee Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Lecherous Gaze are a four-piece dirty rock and roll powerhouse formed from the ashes of Oakland, California punk rockers Annihilation Time. To date the band has been featured on a three way 12" vinyl split with Danava and Earthless, in addition to this self titled four song EP released through Tee Pee Records.
The hard rocking bar room boogie woogie of "Phase" starts things off with some catchy riffs reminiscent of a tougher Cheap Trick or Boston, definitely bringing a heavy handed seventies feel to the forefront. Vocalist Charles Panagiotopulo has a bass heavy, nasally mid-range approach that fit's the bands demeanor well and immediately distances Lecherous Gaze from the vast legions of dirty rock and roll clones that constantly mimic and copycat The Stooges and Motorhead. "Sold" is a distorted upbeat rocker that slows down only momentarily to really ham it up with a slow bluesy shuffle.
Guitarist Graham Clise gives the nod to Sabbath and Hendrix with some tasteful riffery on third track "Graveyard". This track in particular features some excellent guitar soloing and chord progressions and is as frantic and out of control by the end of the song as this EP gets. "R'n R' Lust" closes out this brief EP with another hard rocking, fist pounding ode to debauchery.
All in all, this is a good start from Lecherous Gaze. There seems to be some potential for crossover appeal with metal fans, especially for fans of late seventies to early eighties metal bands or perhaps NWOHBM fans. This is pretty raw, no bullshit hard rock and at the end of the day almost everyone could put some time aside for that.