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Hurricane Party-Get This (Sanctuary)

Hurricane Party's Get This EP delivers a boatload of old school kick-ass air-guitar rockin' thrills, all in five short songs.  These guys remember the days that it wasn't a cop-out to rock hard and still leave room for a melody.  You can bang your head to this, and the tunes actually stick to your ribs.

Following in the footsteps of Jet and the Darkness of taking old school hair metal as a serious art form, these Brits worship at the altar of Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi and Deep Purple.  Luckily, they can wail on the guitar and lead singer Richie Hevanz has a classic metal voice — somewhere between a rasp and a screech.

The EP feels like a bunch of favorite old songs that you somehow misplaced.  "Road Star" slams down the highway like vintage Van Halen.  As you may guess by the song title, "Big Rock Show" is one of those nearly-absurdly epic metallic odes to... well, rocking out in concert.  "Last Survivor" has just a touch of southern rock in its swelling guitar lines.  They even subtly echo the intro of the Doors' "Roadhouse Blues" in the cruncher "Killer."  The tune "Crown of Thorns" starts as an acoustic ballad before the power chords crash the party. 

I'm looking forward to hearing what they can do on a full-length release.  These guys may get no points for originality, but they do rock like nobody's business.  If you're looking for your next guitar solo fix, you're in the right place.  (8/04)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright © 2004 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: August 14, 2004.

 

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Copyright © 2004 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: August 14, 2004.