Released by: Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group
Release Date: September 14th, 2018
Genre: Hard Rock
Jon – Bass and Vocals
Brandon – Keys and Vocals
Steve – Drums and Vocals
Jer – Guitar and Vocals
1. True Rocker
4. Devil Don’t Care
5. Being Cool Is Over
6. Young City Heart
8. In My Own World
9. Denim Danger
11. The Howlin’
It’s been two years since the last album offering from the mighty Monster Truck, ‘Sittin Heavy’ and it has most definitely been about time that those big, blasting, rock n roll wheels started to roll again.
During the large European tour which included RockPalast (Germany), Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Download (UK), Rock on the Range (US), Shiprocked (US) and Rock in Vienna (Austria), the lads started writing the beginnings of what was to become ‘True Rockers’.
The title track ‘True Rocker’ has the Monster Track crushing everything musically mundane in its path with a true tribal call to rock rebellion. Complete with thrashing drums and guest vocals by none other than Dee Snider, this is an unadulterated joy!
You will be ‘Thundertruck’ listening to the thrash double bass drumming, keyboard screaming riot coming out of your speakers with a nice dose of shout out vocals. Originally planned for ‘Sittin Heavy’, this track slots perfectly in to ‘True Rockers’.
‘Evolution’ has a more melodic, although still very heavy, feel to it and it is no surprise that this anthem has been unleashed before the album release as a tempter. Down and dirty and bringing it to the Mississippi highways, ‘Devil Don’t Care’ will have you selling your soul at the crossroads in no time. Whilst ‘Being Cool Is Over’ is a juggernaut of great skins, cowbells, guitar, and vocals.
‘Young City Heart’ has the clear-cut sound and positive freshness of skater rock, think of ‘Green Day’ mashed up with a dose of good old modern day rock n roll and you won’t be far off the mark. And as this (along with ‘Evolution’ & ‘Hurricane’) was a collaboration with award-winning producers Gavin Brown and Maia Davies, it is no wonder it hits the mark so well.
Beautiful and blues-laden, ‘Undone’ shows the more sensitive side to the Monster Truck show. With shuffle drum patterns and corresponding keyboards and vocals, this is actually one of my favorites from the album. ‘In My Own World’ brings the attention back to hardcore heaviness and does so to the extreme, steamrolling its way onward to ‘Denim Danger’ (probably the best title for a track I have seen in years!).
The boys don’t let you escape from ‘Hurricane’….dragging your ears kicking and screaming but delightedly so into the Monster Truck frenzy of this track. The surprisingly mellow, but dark and deep ‘The Howlin’, is the final offering from the album, perfection in rocker angst and complete with harmonica and heavy vibes.
Out of control like an SUV freestyling and backflipping over the competition, ‘True Rockers’ is an old skool treat from the album artwork to the true rock n roll spirit which exudes emotionally from the speakers. I am sorry I have not had the experience of seeing Monster Truck live yet, but just say the word next time they are in the UK and just try and stop me!
9 out of 10.
Reviewed by Francijn Suermondt