Reviewed: November 1999
Released: 1999, Independent
When I first popped in this 4 song EP by Steamroller it struck me how much lead vocalist Marc Don Vito sounds like Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl. This is a good thing. Steamroller is a 4 piece consisting of Vito on vocals and harmonica, Bob Watson: bass and background vocals, Jason Felger: guitars and background vocals and Rich Scheidt on drums. Steamroller play straight ahead hard rock in the vein of Jackyl, Junkyard and AC/DC with other influences sprinkled in.
First let me point out that the production on this CD is great. The sound is crisp and you can hear each instrument clearly. A real plus when a band is trying to make a good impression. The opening track “Aurora” is a mid tempo southern tinged piece that has great hooks and a catchy chorus. A nice little guitar lead gives the song an infectious hook.
Track 2 is called “Serpent”. This tune rocks harder than its predecessor. Vito dishes out more of his rough edged vocals and the southern influences again shine through. Track 3 “Victorian Rose” is a bit of a departure from the first 2 tracks. It starts out with a slide guitar intro and then slips into a slow doomy guitar riff reminiscent of Corrosion of Conformity. This is my favorite song on the E.P. Vito uses a less harsh vocal style and sings a little bit more. Great riff. The last song “Powerlines” is the real rocker of the bunch. It just grabs onto its main riff and never lets go. This one will get the blood pumping and your fist in the air.
Overall this is a very good introduction to Steamroller. These guys will make a name for themselves. They have a timeless sound that, while not the most original in the world, does make for good listening. This is very professional sounding EP Four songs and not a filler in the bunch. If you are into good old fashioned, blue collar hard rock you just might be interested in these guys. To hear Steamroller check out their website www.steamroller.net
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