This debut album shows Blues and Hard Rock is alive and well in Samarkind’s capable hands.
Through my years of travelling and living abroad, I have thoroughly enjoyed the fusion of rock and techno. I even line-danced at a Prodigy gig once, with a dear friend of mine, to ‘Smack My Bitch Up’, random I know, but we soon had a circle of both amazed and dismayed punters clapping and smacking us bitches on the back … so well worth it!
A long time ago we had Dutch bands like Wild Ride, RAW, Sleeze Beez and a couple more doing typical late 1980’s American party/glamrock/Melodic Hardrock in the style of Skid Row, Tyketto, White Lion, Lillian Axe and Firehouse.
Out of the Bay-Area in San Francisco come Midori and Ezra Boy. A band with a strong 1980’s US Hair Metal influence. This band is formed around lead singer Midori Longo, drummer Dave Briggs, guitarist Sean Zilla and bassist/guitarist Tiger Yakimoto.
Central America is not really associated with Metal, a very few number of bands are known and they are considered to be exotic. And to discover a real jam here is very surprising – the band Destiny from Costa-Rica which was formed in 2013.
I must admit, Charlotte’s 21st Century Goliath’s 2012’s debut Radio Destroyer slipped through my radar. My music attentions are mainly stuck in the classic rock genre, but when the opening chords of opener, Welcome To The Dark Side, rang out, I got a buzz that I haven’t got from an album since Tesla’s Mechanical Resonance.