Album review: DE LA CRUZ – Street Level

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De La Cruz are yet another one of Frontier’s more recent signings that has seen them releasing albums by similar minded bands such as Crash Dïet and Crazy Lixx.

Image yourself in Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip back in the late 80’s or early 90’s…the height of “hair metal”. You had your massive bands such as Mötley Crüe and Poison, then you had Cinderella, Danger Danger and even Stryper…and then further down the pile you had bands like Faster Pussycat and Bulletboys. Where do De La Cruz fit in…well sorry to say but not even with the latter.

De La Cruz are New Zealander Roxxi Catalano on vocals together with four Aussies (Casey Jones & Rory Joy on guitars, Grant Daniell on bass and Lacey Lane on drums). The songs are very predictable and really just mentioning a few of the titles tells you all you need to know – “Girls Go Wild”, “Gimme Love”, “Turn It Up”, “S.E.X.”…need I go on?

Sorry but the vocals are grating and immediately put me off – backing vocals are OK though.

There has been so much good music flying out of Scandinavia recently that our Australian friends in De La Cruz do not even come close. Must try harder next time…

**

Phil Berisford



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PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
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