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Dirty Rhythm - 1992 Hard As A Rock



ARTIST: Dirty Rhythm
ALBUM: Hard As A Rock
LABEL: JRS
SERIAL: 7 3333 35852-2
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeffrey Michael Bonds - vocals * Brian Harrison - guitar, keyboards * Anthony Brian Greenham - bass * Troy Miller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feel The Fire * 02 I Can't Wait * 03 Blinded * 04 Hot N Cold * 05 Hard As A Rock * 06 Backside Of Love * 07 Reach Out * 08 One Summer Night * 09 Hold On (Forever Tonight) * 10 Waiting For The Money * 11 Burn Out The Night * 12 Bad Girls


Background
This fairly obscure relic from the waning days of the hard rock scene of the early 90's came highly recommended to me, with many observers sharing the view that this band should have 'made it', but instead died a quick death. As a one off album there isn't much information floating around as to the bands particulars, except that Greenham appeared on Annihilator's 'Alice In Hell', a thrash/power metal album far removed stylistically from Dirty Rhythm's somewhat predictable hard rock formula. Drummer Miller took the place of original stickman Samuel Zern, the latter contributing drums to all tracks. The bands Canadian origins are highlighted by Loverboy's Paul Dean handling production, while Loverboy drummer Matt Frenette adds guest percusssion. All the ingredients were in place it seemed, except the year was 1992. Nothing more to be said..


The Songs
It's always disconcerting when the best track is the opener, in this case 'Feel The Fire', typical rowdy anthem material that mixes handy keyboard work with tight riffs from what sounds like 1987. Bonds has a Sebastian Bach tinge to his vocals, obviously trying to emulate the success of his fellow countryman. Ballads are an inevitability, but throwing one in as early as the second track, 'I Can't Wait' is too soon, too obvious and too often heard from that period. 'Blinded' contains some worthy melody lines, dominated by the huge backing vocals one came to expect from every band and its dog. 'Hot N' Cold' was a single from what I've read and rightfully went nowhere I assume, bland in it's stale raunchy approach. The title track brings Skid Row back to mind with a hint of 'Dr Feelgood' era Motley Crue, one of the heavier moments, but is negated by moments like 'One Summer Night', rather bland lyrically and musically. 'Hold On (Forever Tonight)' is rampaging thrash on a level with Slayer, or maybe I fooled myself into believing that as another chart busting ballad was just around the corner. Listening to Bonds snarl 'what do you say we kick some ass boys?' at the opening of 'Waiting For The Money' leaves me disturbed, so forced and tired. Sadly I'd say the boys are still waiting. 'Burn Out The Night' is a sensational title by anyones reasoning, with lyrics like'a little sugar on my candy cane' and 'ready for some trouble' telling the story, although it's more energetic than most of the album. As for 'Bad Girls'.. let's just leave it at that shall we? (Yeah right.. Ed)


In Summary
Every possible mannerism, cliche, tactic and method from hard rock's heyday was included here although to be fair to Dirty Rhythm it wasn't totally outdated in 1992, but this is the type of album that led to the genres demise, even if it isn't all bad. But listening to it nearly fiffteen years later I feel it lacks the originality needed to make it convincing. It leads me to assume one year later the band had changed its name to Bleach and started making songs titled 'Drift', 'Despair' and 'Forlorn'. Actually to their credit they didn't, the band splitting upon the albums failure. The formulaic musical direction down to the bands attire made them faceless. If it had been 1987 you never know. Hardcore hard rock fans would've devoured this in a heartbeat, for others it's worth listening to and wondering why a genre that I still favour, slid away.


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