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Dead Daisies – ‘Burn It Down’ Review

Genre: Classic Rock

Label: SPV / Spitfire Music

Release Date: April 6 2018

Members:

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio),

John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream),

Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy),

Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and

David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink)

Tracklisting:

1. Resurrected 4:35
2. Rise Up 4:30
3. Burn It Down 5:48
4. Judgement Day 4:13
5. What Goes Around 4:02
6. Bitch 3:55
7. Set Me Free 4:21
8. Dead And Gone 3:27
9. Can’t Take It With You 3:06
10. Leave Me Alone 3:53
11. Revolution (bonus track) 3:56

‘Resurrected’…welcomes you to this album with the open arms of rocking delight that you would come to expect with this band of brothers at the helm. Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) bring a treat to the ears which is fast, loud, exciting and jumping for joy, this track just makes you hunger for more!!

‘Rise Up’ has the stomping groove that all head bangers need at the front of a festival, whilst ‘Burn It Down’ brings a tempo in the vein of Great White’s ‘Rock Me’ initially ….but then, the liquid gold vocals of that most charismatic of front men, John Corabi, brings us the insatiable desire to keep listening to this over and over again! Extremely addictive …watch that mother burn to the ground indeed!!

‘Judgement Day’ smooths the way for us with a gorgeous southern rock intro with simply beautiful harmonica, tambourine and acoustic guitar which is evident throughout …. But don’t be deceived, the kick ass heavy ‘Raging Slab-esque’ chorus slaps you around the face like a good ol’ boy with a beer full of whisky and a blistering bad attitude …….Oooohhhhh this is making me want to be somewhere like The Texas Jam in 1978 on a hot, hot afternoon!

‘What Goes Around’ …..is a hip swinging, stripper of a tune, which excels in making the most of the newly recruited Deen Castronovo’s talents beating the skins….what a bloody joy this track is. Next up is ‘Bitch’, one of my favourites from the massive musical catalogue of the Rolling Stones. The Dead Daisies are the only band I know who consistently cover songs and make them their own and better! Just think of their previous offerings of ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘American Band’ … two of my favourite all time tracks….they bloody well kicked ass!!! ‘Bitch’ does not disappoint…. In fact I am covered in goose bumps right now listening to it, I REALLY can’t wait to see this live when the lads are in the UK in April!

‘Set Me Free’ brings a massive sigh from the speakers with a sentimental beauty of a melodic musical treat. Slow, but not wimpy because of it, this stunner draws you in, makes you light another cigarette, pour another shot and lie back with your eyes closed….just lovely!
‘Dead And Gone’ has a real 70’s influence, think old school ‘ACDC’ guitar with screaming ‘Whitesnake’ vocals and a little snifter of ‘Deep Purple’ thrown in …..NICE!

‘Can’t Take It With You’ screams at you right from the word go with distorted and wailing guitar and a darn good thumping chorus. The finale to this exceptional album is ‘Leave me Alone’, the perfect ending to what I have found to be a superb offering from this group of, not just outstanding musicians, but pure lovers of rock n roll.

‘The Dead Daisies’ manage to pull it out of the boogie rock bag each time, producing a low and dirty sound but with polished production value. These guys have nothing to prove, they are rock royalty for god’s sake….but prove themselves they do, time and time again. But most of all, and what shouts out loudest from ‘Burn It Down’, is that these guys just LOVE what they do….they are one of the hardest working bands out there today, constantly recording and touring. And talking of touring …. GEE WHIZZ do these boys deliver BIG TIME!….the UK has taken ‘The Dead Daisies’ to their hearts as with many rock bands we tend to get forgotten sometimes, but not with the ‘Daisies’!

‘Burn It Down’ is a fun, fuelled, frenzy of fantastic rock n roll which makes the listeners hair stand on end with excitement and glee …..now excuse me while I plug in my headphones again …and again …. and again …..

Reviewed by: Francijn Suermondt

Score: 10 out of 10

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