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Broken Toyz - 2001 Out Of The Box [Demo]

Robert Sykes - vocals
Chuck Bardoff - guitars
Bruce Shelton - bass
Paul Vaughn - drums
Brian Buesking - keyboards, guitars

Currently creating a buzz down in Dallas, Texas are traditional hard rockers Broken Toyz. They have become mainstays on the local circuit, supporting the likes of Saxon, Ratt and Firehouse over the last year. I recently received a copy of their five song demo (E.P?) 'Out Of The Box', and in a way I can see what the fuss is about. Broken Toyz stick steadfastly to the 70's side of rock, with a sound reminiscent of Deep Purple to Led Zeppelin, with a dash of AC/DC mixed in. It's not groundbreaking, but then again what has been since the 70's?

The Songs
Song number one is 'She's A Dancer', which uses a lot of symphonic keyboards for atmosphere. Vocalist Sykes is from the Ian Gillan/Robert Plant school of high pitched wailing. He puts his range to good use on this one. The guitar solo is 80's styled high speed and technicallly efficient. 'Sexy Sadie' could be off Purple's 'Who Do We Think We Are' from 1973. It resembles Purples then musical direction - blues mixed with intermingling piano and guitar solos. The lyrics run close as well, about a bit of rough, which you may have heard in 'Strange Kind Of Woman' and 'Our Lady'. All in all, a good blues romp. 'High And Dry' boasts a riff heard on almost every AC/DC (and Krokus) album, but it always works. The comparisons end there because Sykes doesn't have the muscular throat of Bon Scott or Brian Johnson. A song with a dirty riff like this could use vocals to suit it. Good heavy duty rock and roll anyway. 'Into The Night' is Broken Toyz personal 'Kashmir', the symphonic keys returning, aping Led Zeppelin to the core. The riffing is fierce giving it a slight metallic feel. The chorus is close to that of 'She's A Dancer', not melodically, but it modulates higher and higher with the orchestral backing. Last track 'Evil Hearted Woman' is a six minute blues spree, plodding riffs and licks with the obligatory 'I can't quit you baby' lyrics. If you've heard Zeppelin's 'Since I've Been Loving You', you'll know what to expect here. Sykes pulls every octave out of his voice he can while the guitar solos wail unmercifully. Average perhaps, but something you don't hear too often these days.

In Summary
What Montrose started in 1973 is still being practiced today which is nice to see. Obviously this cannot compare with that, but Broken Toyz have made a good start. They are not too proud to borrow from their heroes and give it a twist for the modern era. Someone has to keep it alive. A few more cuts like 'High N Dry' wouldn't go amiss, it's by far the best number here, with the best kind of hard rock riffing-boogie. We will have to see if it leads to greater things for the 'toyz boyz'. By all accounts they are gigging hard down in Dallas. Maybe they can translate that success to farther reaches of the U.S? Provided the interest is there.


Track Listing:
01 She's A Dancer
02 Sexy Sadie
03 Into The Night
04 Highway Star
05 Evil Hearted Woman
06 High N Dry
07 Wild One
08 Breakaway
09 Trouble

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