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Stroker Ace - 2012 Hit The Gas

ARTIST: Stroker Ace
ALBUM: Hit The Gas
LABEL: Service for Artist Owned Labels (SAOL)
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Julian 'Julez' Wiedenhöfer - vocals, rhythm guitar * Marco 'Mo' Riek - lead guitar, backing vocals * Timo 'Jim' Heide - bass, backing vocals * Armin Kohler - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Start The Fire * 02 Wack Out * 03 White Line * 04 Steamy Women * 05 Hit The Gas * 06 Destruction * 07 Stiff For Life * 08 Daredevil * 09 Backseat Rhythm * 10 Get Out Of My Way * 11 Filthy Stunning Woman



In recent times, we've the seen the demise of aging rockers AC/DC, and in their place a host of new bands rising up to meet the challenge. And to top it off, we've reviewed many of them too. Cases in point? Australia's Airbourne, Italy's One-Off, Sweden's Bullet and Nubian Rose, Americans Gene The Werewolf and a number of others in the USA, plus these relative new boys from Germany called Stroker Ace. I say relative because they've been in existence since 2006 it would seem, though have only come to light in 2012. Great name. Have you heard it before? If you're a film buff you should have. It's the character Burt Reynolds played in the 1983 movie of the same name. A car racing driver, of which the band take the character to heart, and build upon it with a couple of gallons of Valvoline and High Octane 98! The hottie and even hotter car on the album jacket should give this quartet away. The lyrics (much like those from Italians On_Off) border on the ludicriously banal, but hey, who cares? It's good time rock n roll with a bit of smut added in for good measure. Turn it loud!

The Songs
AC/DC have got nothing on these boys as 'Start The Fire' cranks out in true beer drinking fashion. You gotta love some of the lyrics here.. 'come on boys.. place your bets.. come on girls.. show your tits!' Yeah right! Some foot-stomping drums announce 'Wack Out' (are we sure this has not been mis-titled?), an 80's anthem that's one foot beside Motorhead in the grinding hips department. Substituting white for wack, The Aces pick up the pace for 'White Out', sounding like a clone of Aussies Airbourne. The song it would appear to be a tribute to that stuff you sniff in a white line through your nose. Geddit? 'Steamy Women' takes on the shape of The Rods both in terms of sound and structure. It's rabid, gritty with guitars spitting out nails for shits and giggles! The title track is next, and here we move from women and drugs to fast cars. This one could be compared to another Australian institution: that being the Choir Boys. Stepping up the pace once again is 'Destruction', a manic tune which is not very subtle in its delivery, but that's to be expected. Slowing up a notch, 'Stiff For Life' could have any number of meanings, but the one you're probably thinking of is indeed the one the band are talking about. A heap of sexual references on this one, it should get an R rating no less. Not PG eh? lol! Some good chugging guitars and big gang chants are all part and parcel of 'Daredevil', they also carry through to 'Backseat Rhythm' with maximum impact. 'Get Out Of My Way' takes a bluesy and sleazy path, like The Cult in their late 80's prime. The best track is last for last, with the excellently titled track 'Filthy Stunning Woman'. The chorus is maxxed out with feral shoutouts. Perhaps it's a dedication to every man's favourite porn star? lol!

In Summary
The CD was released in early October 2012 by German label SAOL (Service For Artist Owned Labels), a label incidentally that distributed Presto Ballet's 2011 opus 'Invisible Places' through Europe. So, Stroker Ace have arrived on the global stage, and with a good cranky sound that will be familiar to every classic hard rock fan from the 80's, surely these boys are guaranteed to climb the rungs to even greater popularity beyond Europe? Let's hope so. Fans of the aforementioned bands should investigate ASAP!

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