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Piston – Piston Review

Genre: HARD ROCK

Release date: 13th September 2019

Label: Self Release

 

Line up:

Rob Angelico – Vocals,

Jack Edwards – Guitar,

Luke Allatt – Guitar,

Stuart Egan – Bass,

Brad Newlands – Drums,

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dynamite
  2. Rainmaker
  3. Go Now
  4. Carry us Home
  5. One More Day
  6. Beyond Repair
  7. Leave if you Dare
  8. Blow it Away
  9. Let us Rise
  10. Into the Night

 

Breaking onto the scene circa 2012 and building a substantial fan base from their live gigs, Midlands rockers Piston have been feeling the pressure to deliver their debut release for quite a while now…  Well it’s been a long time in the making, with an entire albums worth of material scrapped in the process, but better late than never and hopefully the first of many, the debut self titled album is due for release on  Friday 13th

The opening track ‘Dynamite’ wastes no time warming up and ploughs head first into a kick ass heavy 80’s sound, the full frontal audio assault is, however, not necessarily a taste of what’s to come as the album is essentially diverse throughout.

The fantastic ‘Rainmaker’, one of the recent single releases, perfectly highlights the vocal strengths of singer Rob Angelico, featuring some amazing guitar, it’s not difficult to see why the band were keen to showcase it.

‘Carry me Home’ commences as an acoustic track and is lyrically, musically and vocally superb, it builds in intensity and tempo and is undoubtedly one of the album highlights.  Featuring first class percussion, ‘One More Day’, is an instantly memorable, catchy and hard hitting tune which grabs your attention straight off while ‘Let us Rise’ is musically fantastic and lyrically thought provoking.  I was totally blown away by ‘Leave if you Dare’, my absolute favourite track on this release, its full of raw energy and clearly demonstrates the individual talents of all these musicians as well as how tight they are as a band. The guitar playing on finishing track ‘Into the Night’ is nothing short of exquisite.

When it comes to producing an album, they may be perfectionists but in the music industry that can never be a bad thing.  None of the tracks on this album are comparative and it’s difficult to categorise Piston with any particular style but the experimentation on this record sure as hell sounds good!

Piston hit the road on 12th September to promote the album and as anyone who has seen them live can attest, they leave quite an impression!  Catch them on a stage near you soon…

Score: 10/10

Reviewer: Karen Hetherington

 

 

 

 

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