Album Reviews

Dead City Ruins – Shockwave Review

Released by: AFM Records

Release Date: August 19th, 2022

Genre: Hard Rock



Line Up:

Steve Welsh
Tommy Cain 
Sean Blanchard
Thomas Murphy
Nick Trajanovski 



1. Preacher
2. Vision
3. Madness
4. Speed Machine
5. Rain
6. Dog On A Leash
7. This Side Of The Dirt
8. Drifter
9. Spiders
10. End Of The Line
11. Blood Moon
12. The Sorcerer



Dead City Ruins, the Aussie Rockers are in it for the thrill. In 2015 they sold their possessions and decided to tour the world musically. It may not have been a bad decision, as a confident bunch of lads has a sound that is sure to be a firestarter for any Hard Rock fan. Influences range far and wide, but I hear fragments of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and yes Rival Sons amongst others. The guitars are fast, the singing is in your face, a modern slice of Rocking Humble Pie. The drumming is aggressive and the bass thumping spells magic and groovy all over.

The opener “Preacher” is a smashing slab of Hard Rocking, groovy, tight, and hair-raising. The next one “Vision” rocks out with an infectious Skid Row-inspired vibe. Superb rhythm and choruses tingle my senses. The uptempo churner “Speed Machine” a single; is another treat to hear as the pick riffs here introduce another cool rocker. More contagious melodies flight through the wind in “Rain”, a more laid-back rocker with a slick guitar solo. This one had a nice backing and Welsh vocals stand out once more on the highs.

Packed with a new singer in Steve Welsh, previously making rounds on youtube impersonating other famous singers, looks like they have found the right guy for the job. This dude can flat-out sing anything just about. The spitfire vocal assault continues in “End Of The Line”, with features a prominent give and go riff, a nice potent chorus line, and the build-up in groove leads to a juicy solo. “Shockwave“ saw US-producer Gene Freeman aka Machine take over the mixing desk after having worked with the likes of Lamb Of God, Clutch, and Crobot and it shows on the final mix as all the songs

In the end, Dead City Ruins just oozes with groove and feel, attitude and thunder. A big display of patented Hard Rock with enough diversity in its core to hook you from the beginning. Other than a couple of average tracks midway through, the Aussie crew proves they are possible contenders for one of the new Fresh Faces of the Hard Rock Scene. One you will most definitely have to add to the checkout list of outstanding releases this year. Knock it back to your bag of Rocking goodies!!!


Written by: Shadow Editor

Rating  9/10


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