There is plenty to celebrate about this album. It is chock full of well-crafted energetic slices of hardcore punk heaven. There are plenty of classic ripping riffs, mixing with the solos.
This album hands you deep and dirty grooves one minute and then spine-tingling beauty the next.
The last track, ‘LOCAC’ will surprise, enthrall and annoy fans in equal measure. Angry, distorted, liberally dosed with fiery vocals from Ginger, the track is best described as extreme progressive punk, a genre I never knew existed
All in all, what’s not to like. The world is too serious by a long [cum] shot. Steel Panther dismiss everything and focus on having a good time without a care. And why the hell not?
It has the familiarity of its predecessor without simply copying the formula. The ‘if it ain’t broke’ approach underpins the album enough to immediately feel at home from the off but the added input from the band and Josiah’s production give ‘Light It Up’ something new to latch on to as well.
It is almost impossible not to attempt to sing along and the sense of satisfaction of getting what you believe to be the correct vocal style and enunciation correct is worthy of a huge pat on the back and another beer for your efforts.
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!
With literally every show selling out on the latest run of 2019 touring, there can be no doubt that fans of Wednesday 13 will enjoy them dropping the new album just in time for All Hallows Eve.
It would be tempting to list the qualities of every track on this album but ill suffice to say that it is superb in its entirety from the opening track, to the last frenzied riff of “Sleep Awake Obey!”
2019 represents another turning point for the band, sharpening every side of their signature sound for this, their eighth full album release.