Friday, April 10, 2015

CD Review: New Hard Rock Releases From Kicking Harold, Malacoda and Vast Robot Armies

The California rock trio Kicking Harold have returned with a vengeance. Since the release of their 2010 album "Zombies, Cars & Evil Guitars," the band has been riding a new wave of success, thanks to their hit single "Gasoline" (featured on TLC's show "Overhaulin'"), the band Kicking Harold have been played in your house without you even knowing it. Back in January, the band released their fifth studio album "Red Light District" and show no signs of slowing down this time. The new twelve-song release begins with the quick, hard-hitting rocker "American Nitro" and the edgier "Underneath It All." This trio have created some amazing full blown rock juggernauts with "Hollywood Way" and "Kill You" as their sound does not try to overpower you, but invites you to sing along. Kicking Harold update INXS' "Need You Tonight" with an alternative rock vibe, before closing with the quickening pulse of "Let's Fly Away." To find out more about Kicking Harold and their latest release "Red Light District," please visit kickingharold.com.

Next, from north of the border comes the Canadian heavy metal band Malacoda and their recently released self-titled debut album. With almost 1500 likes on Facebook in less than a month, word is getting around at how good this band is. Their new release begins with the adrenaline pumping rhythm of "Abandon All Hope" and "Lobotomy Of The Heart." They show a dark tone to their lyrics in "Cutting" and also have the perfect recipe for hard rock radio with "Vigilante." The new ten song release closes with the deep bass groove of "Lamia," which includes an explosive chorus, and the heavy metal screams of "Outback" as the band saves the best for last. To find out more about Malacoda and their debut album, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/MalacodaBand.

Also from Canada is the latest release from the rock band Vast Robot Armies. The new album "Little Creatures" was released back in March and is beginning to make waves through the underground circuit. Their music has been seeping down into the U.S. since their debut album back in 2013 and now the band are looking to become a staple on college radio. Their new ten-song release mixes aspects of punk with a modern alternative rock feel as displayed in the opener "Revenge For Nerds." They take on a more mainstream sound with the title song "Little Creatures," but come roaring back with the heaviness of "Everything New Is Old Again." They have a Foo Fighters-type appeal in the song "Foxtrot," while "Moving The Needle" has a slower, darker tone, before closing the album with mellow, space-rock of "You Ex Knife Set." To find out more about the Vast Robot Armies, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/VastRobotArmies.

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