Title: IncineratorLabel: Townsend Records / Monster Box
is the debut EP from the UK’s City of Thieves, a hard rock
band based in the capital, who's no-nonsense approach to
Hard Rock has made many sit up and take notice.
band have worked with Toby Jepson (Little Angels) on
production side, with Mike Fraser handling the mix and the
pair have really brought out the raw energy of the quartet
with this EP.
band are Jamie Lailey on bass and vocals, Ben Austwick and
Adam Wardle on guitars and on the drum stool Will Richards
together they aren’t re-inventing the wheel they are just
delivering feel good rock n roll, no frills. just thrills.
the EP gets underway with the title track ‘Incinerator’,
a rip snorting start that just kicks-ass no matter how you
dress it up. This is high octane rock with an
infectious stoner groove.
this band aren’t all about a heady bass line, they deliver
some edgy guitar licks and ‘Buzzed Up City’ is a prime
example of this. This one starts from humble
beginnings but just builds into a riff fest. Yes it
may have that AC/DC standard guitars sound, but this
didn’t stop the likes of Krokus, as this one has that same
raw edge the Swiss rockers delivered.
no-nonsense riffing continues with ‘Lay Me To Waste’,
with a heavy edge to the guitar sound this time around,
which shows the band aren’t a one trick pony. This
one chugs along with more groove than is legally allowed.
The driven guitars come streaming back on the massive lick monster ‘Here Comes The Shot’, before the closer ‘Mr 50 / 50', a live acoustic track to end the proceedings. This one has a bluesy edge and again shows the versatility of the quartet. I can't wait to see what a full album has to offer.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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