Cargo/Livewire [Release date 07.06.19]
This is big ballsy rock n roll, just the way it should be, and Warrior Soul’s new album “Rock n Roll Disease” pretty much picks up where 2017’s “Back On The Lash” left off. With nods to both punk and metal, Kory Clarke’s songwriting is bang on and this is an album for which the word guitarage should be invented (if it hasn’t already been, of course) as this is outstanding throughout, just listen to title track “Rock n Roll Disease” and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Tracks “Up The Dose” and “Rock On” are the epitome of simple but effective rock songs, whilst “War Ride Children” is a great riff set against Clarke’s deep side of story telling within a song. Then we have “Going Mental”- a great example of a song that could be biographical, could be something witnessed, could be something else altogether, either way it sounds great cranked right up.
“Melt Down” has some metallic elements to it, then we come to my current favourites of the eight tracks on the album “After The Show” and “Off My Face”. Take “Off My Face” as an example of rock personified- it’s driven like AC/DC, an ode to getting fucked up and has shades of Lemmy to it, what’s not to like?
Now, it’s at about this point that I could ask “how would these songs sound live, hope the band tour the UK soon, etc, etc”, I can answer that. Last Sunday the band played an awesome two and a half hour show to launch the album’s release. The night before, the band had played at the Dublin Castle as part of this year’s Camden Rocks, but the next day played an amazing set on a soundstage in King’s Cross.
The setlist mixed tracks from the new album with those from “Back On The Lash” and a whole lot more, and by that I do mean a whole lot more, with the likes of “(Love Is ) The Drug”, “Ghetto Nation”, “The Wasteland”, “Fuck The Pigs, “Punk and Beligerent”, “Downtown” and “Jagermeister Machine” all in there. Clarke is a great frontman and nicely straddles the void between politically charged and party anthem, and this was a fun afternoon. *****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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