Starwood - If It Ain’t Broke, Break It! (Metal Blade Records)
Review by Joe/Live4Metal.com
Rock and Roll is about being reckless and decadent, right? Well, these are two things that Starwood bring to the table and aren’t ashamed of it either. Brian Slagel who owns Metal Blade records is finally branching out from the black, true and power metal scene and adding a little bit of good ol’ fashioned hard rock to the roster. The guys take the glam look of T. Rex and mix it up with the sounds of classic G N’ R, L.A. Guns, Brides Of Destruction, New York Dolls and Kiss for an explosive punch to the cranium. ‘Subculture’ blends pop, catchy riffs and contains a punk aesthetic ala Sex Pistols for a rocking good time. The track is simple, short and will be tattooed into your brain because it’s that Infectious.
Anyone who has lived in the early to mid 80’s and still savors this stuff will be pleased once they pop into their player. Joe Steals who handles the steel guitar is loud and obnoxious, but it’s all good. Each track just blares through the speakers with its mix of blues along with the rock. Lizzy’s vocals bring an energy to the band that is so badly needed right now in the music scene. ‘What’s Your Damage’ continues to damage your hearing, but we wouldn’t want it any other way. There is absolutely no filler here as each track moves from one to the next. This is a CD worth cracking a few cold ones open to and while you’re at it, turn this one up to eleven and let the festivities begin.