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'Rock 'N Roll Animal'
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: November 23rd 2012

Tina Saul

tina saul

gene the werewolf

There are so many albums out there from new bands, that when one makes you listen to it on repeat for two weeks means it's got to be good. That's exactly what's happened with the debut album 'Rock 'n Roll Animal' from Gene The Werewolf.

If you like your rock hard, your Metal sleazy and the whole arena band style of the 80s, then this band will be right up your street. Although they have created a new genre to describe their sound: "Diamond-core, because diamond is the hardest rock known to man", guitarist Drew Donegan said.

I don't care what genre or sub genre you want to classify them as, this album just makes me want to don my glam rags and get my party shoes on.

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'Wicked Love' opens the album, and has all the ingredients of a classic rock 'n roll track, with the high notes, the licks, the riffs, the "yeahs" and "heys". And towards the end the dirty bass line coupled with enough drums fills and "woahs" to keep any rock fan happy.

Once that has grabbed you, it's followed by a song that sounds like a combination of AC/DC and Kiss 'I Only Want To Rock N Roll'. So once you've stomped and slammed your air guitar, you are now ready for 'Superhero', a track that Van Halen would be proud to release. And 'Heart Of Steel' sounds like The Darkness and Pat Benator got together for a jam.

The rest of the album also pulls on the obvious influences of this band, but all done with a modern sound to it, so don't worry if you think it's going to sound a bit stale. 'Give It Up' sounds more like a pop song, but the inspiration seems to come from the 70s, so I'll forgive them that, because as a pop song goes, it ain't too bad.

It closes with 'The Ballad Of Gene' which is of course a ballad, and a very credible one at that.

As you head out to trick and treat this Halloween, watch out for a certain kind of werewolf which will jump on you from behind and hold you tight in its grubby little paws. I for one am celebrating Hallo-Gene this year, I suggest you do the same.

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