Strangely for a relatively new band, Gene The Werewolf, have captured that big mid to late ‘80’s vibe perfectly. Don’t be fooled by the off the wall name as the band seamlessly blends the feel of mid-career KISS, Hagar fronted Van Halen and maybe even an updated Warrant.
Formed in 2006, the Pittsburgh based 5-piece band’s latest album “Rock n’ Roll Animal” is what you could call a Saturday night record- that party feel that sums up what rock n roll is all about in the first place.
Opening with the statement of intent that is “Wicked Love”, title track “Rock n’ Roll Animal” and “I’ve Got The Love” are just two good examples of everything I’ve already said above. There is a slight feel of Airbourne to “I Only Wanna Rock n’ Roll” and more than a touch of Darkness (in a good way though!!) to “Superhero” and “Heart of Steel” whilst “Light Me Up” has an intro that is worthy of Winger at their peak.
Other highlights on “Rock n’ Roll Animal” include “Firecracker” and “Give It Up” – “Ruffneck Woman” is better than the title suggests and the album is closed by the piano led “Ballad of Gene” (unfortunately not a tribute to everyone’s favourite ‘80’s icon- Gene Hunt!!).
In “Rock n’ Roll Animal” Gene The Werewolf have the tools to open many doors as this kind of album has a knack of selling in markets that you wouldn’t normally imagine. It’s a great album too, let’s hope there are many more to come.
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Power Plays w/c 14 October (Mon-Fri)
SANGUINE Ignite (Odyssey Music)
GOODBYE JUNE Switchblade Heart (Earache)
SAINTS OF SIN Nasty Love (indie)
SCARLET REBELS Heal (indie)
FLYING COLORS The Loss Inside (Mascot)
KEYWEST C’est La Vie (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 14 October (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 DANGER ZONE Don’t Count On Heroes (Pride & Joy Music)
12:00-13:00 ECLIPSE Paradigm (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 GALLAGHER & LYLE Live at De Montfort Hall, 1977 (The Store For Music)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
ROBIN TROWER In The Line Of Fire (1990)
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