out of the ashes of metal heads Genocide and featuring the vocals of
Roland Pierrehumbert with his Brian Johnson / Angry Anderson / Marc
Storace vocal style and guitarist Fred Gudit, Sideburn first took it's
first steps into the world of rock back in 1997 with the release of
there debut ‘Sell Your Soul (For Rock n Roll)'.
left the heavy metal sound of Genocide behind them and opted for more of
a Hard Rock vibe and with the voice of Pierrehumbert the focus of the
band took a brief break as band member changes and changes in musical
trends took its toll on the band. That was until 2001 when the
band came back with their ‘Crocodile’ album, which was followed in
2004 with ‘Gasoline’. The band were starting to build up quite
a following by this point which led to support slots for the likes of
Motorhead, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Doro, Meat Loaf and fellow Swiss
saw the 20th anniversary of the Genocide/Sideburn career and
the release of their anthology album ‘Archives’, that release was
followed up in 2008 with the studio album ‘Cherry Red’, an album
that featured the song 'Six Feet Under’, which was used on the last
season of TV show ‘24’ starring Kiefer Sutherland.
that’s the history lesson for today over with now for the latest new
on Sideburn, fast-forward to 2011 and the band are back bigger and
better and with a new album in tow entitled ‘Jail’.
album is high octane Rock n' Roll at its very best. Yes the sound
is very AC/DC but that hasn’t done any harm to the band before and
with the success of Aussie’s Airbourne, the sound that the Young
brothers introduced to the world is as popular as ever, and with
Pierrehumbert at the mike there was only one way to go.
album is good foot tapping rock that will have you singing along from
the off as the opener ‘Live To Rock’ delivers a real boogie
punch. This is old school with a modern kick, there's many a rock
n' roll anthem that's been made of much less.
same boogie rock vibe is continued with ‘Devil And Angel’, this time
with a bit more six-string fuel injection as the tempo is picked up.
good time rock n' roll all the way as the album keeps going with air
guitar favourites like ‘Rock N Roller’ and the southern boogie
‘Daisy’, before the thumping title track ‘Jail’. Next we
bring it down a touch with ‘Chase The Rainbow’.
back up to speed once more with ‘The Red Knight’ and my favourite
off the album ‘Long Beard and Boogie’, as the band pay tribute to ZZ
Top in true Texas Boogie style. Then it’s back to the hard
rockin’ with the stomping rocker ‘Good Boy’
and the all out rock blitzkrieg that is ‘Kiss Of Death’,
before the album closes with a touch of the southern swamp blues with
totally honest with you, this isn't a new sound, AC/DC and ZZ Top have
been doing it for years but there has always been an army of fans who
love it, or else bands like Krokus, Rhino Bucket and more recently
Airbourne wouldn’t be playing it to filled venues all over the
world. So take it for what it is, a good vibed Rock N' Roll album
that you’ll keep coming back to time and time again.
1. Live To Rock
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