[ALBUM REVIEW] Bad Bones: Demolition Derby

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These days it seems that whenever a rock band puts out an album there is an expectation that it should be ‘experimental’ or ‘different.’ But what about back when most of us fell in love with rock. Think back to the 80s, back then when you parted with your hard-earned and bought a rock album you wanted something fun and something that you could sing along to. Rock was simple, but boy it was bloody fun. While some bands these days are taking the ‘experimental’ road Italian rockers Bad Bones are going back to the time when things were a little more simple. The result is Demolition Derby one of the finest damn rock albums of 2016.

Bad Bones don’t mess around, they know what a rock fan wants… an album they can stick their teeth into and perhaps even play some air guitar to and that my friends Demolition Derby delivers in loads.

The first thing that hits you about Bad Bones is how American these Italians sound. Opening track Me Against Myself launches into an American rock sound that wouldn’t sound out of place on that famous Top Gun soundtrack while thoughts of early Bon Jovi are conjured up as leader singer Max Malmerenda preaches to the converted with the line ‘rock and roll ain’t going to die.’

‘Some Kind Of Blues’ sees Bad Bones get a little darker and poetic as they talk about ‘snakes in the garden’ but ‘Stronger’ sees guitarist Serjoe Aschieris reach full flight with some screaming solos that certainly puts his talents on show for all to see. Those talents are also on show during the very catchy ‘A Perfect Alibi’.

One of the better tracks on the album is ‘Rambling Heart’ where the looping guitar sound and Malmerenda’s whispering vocals allows Bad Bones to create their own ‘thing’ for awhile but then the band returns to that classic 80s rock sound on ‘Shoot You Down’ and the power ballad ‘Red Sun.

Bad Bones are certainly a rock band to watch. Their willingness to not bow to conformity and instead deliver that classic rock sound of the past should be enough to see their fourth album make a big splash in Australia. This is the kind of rock album that radio stations like Triple M need to be adding to their playlist because this is a band that every rock fan in Australia needs to know about ASAP. Demolition Derby is one of the must haves for rock fans in 2016.

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Written by Dave Griffiths

Dave has worked as a music & film journalist for over 20 years now. Aside from Heavy he does radio and various podcasts as well. He is the proud owner of Metal Cat.

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