Artist: Crash Diet
Diet came bursting on the scene back at the dawn of the new millennium
when music seemed to be the puppet of the corporations and bands where
thrown aside if they weren’t seen a popular or trendy. But out of the
ashes of such turbulence came Sweden’s shining light Crash Diet, a band
who definitely weren’t the vision of the mass media but were the first
Glam/Sleaze band to be signed to a major label in ten years.
Since then the band haven’t been without their fare share of turmoil as on 20th January 2006, singer Dave Lepard was found dead in his apartment after committing suicide. The band almost called it a day but fan pressure led the band to find a new front man and in stepped Olliver, but then in 2008 and after only one album, Olliver left the band.
what happened after that for the band? Well in 2010 the band return with a new
lead singer in the shape of Simon Cruz, a new label and a new album in
the form of 'Generation Wild'.
that’s the history lesson done now, let's get down to the album.
As an old school
glamster this album really gets my vote of approval, mixing the heady
Sunset Strip of the likes of L.A. Guns with the New Jersey Hard Rockin'
of Skid Row, add to that the sheer down to earth grit of W.A.S.P. and
this band tick all
the boxes for me. The album is straight up rock n' roll with more than an
ounce of pure adrenalin fuelled sleaze.
album opens up with the intro '442’ before it’s kick starts properly
with ‘Armageddon’, and from here on the hooks are bigger than a
shark fisherman’s tackle and the licks bigger and meaner a pack of
all systems go from here on in with the excellent ‘So Alive’ and the
tremendous groove filled title track ‘Generation Wild’, followed by
Guns vibe of ‘Rebel’. All great rock tunes that will just blow you
away. But the band aren’t simply a one trick pony and do deliver on the more
gentle rock side and one of my favourite moments on the album has to be
‘Save Her’, a great gentle Hard Rock song that is a real shining light on
this superb release.
soon back to the full on rock n' roll with the maximum throttle of ‘Down
With The Dust’, before sliding into the southern groove with the Skid
Row-esque ‘Native Nature’. A real ball buster of a rock song full of
groove and swagger that will rock away those weekday blues. A great song
to prepare for the weekend to.
of my favourite songs from the album has to be ‘Chemical’. Again a
really great rock song that has that familiar Scandinavian feel of
Backyard Babies meets Americana rock in a Vain mode.
The album closes with two tremendous slices of good time rock first up with ‘Bound To Fall’ with its real 80’s feel to this one, then the closer the excellent ‘Beautiful Pain’, which really is the icing on the cake for me. This one could easily come of White Lion’s 'Pride' album as Cruz gives one of his best vocal performances of the entire album. This all goes to wrap up what is a truly great album and one that will put Crash Diet back on the map for sure.
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