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Dirtyworks - 1992 Dirtyworks

ARTIST: Dirtyworks
ALBUM: Dirtyworks
LABEL: Dirtyworks Music
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Steve Bennett - lead and backing vocals * Todd Graham - guitars, backing vocals * Rick Nagy - bass, backing vocals * Lorne Eoyle - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Child * 02 Road To Pain * 03 Heart Of Stone * 04 Shame * 05 Shot Down * 06 Blinded * 07 Little Sister * 08 Day By Day * 09 Tickled Pink * 10 Hard Luck * 11 Heart Of Stone (piano mix, bonus)

Here's a Canadian band who seemed to have grown their popularity from the hallowed halls of the Heavy Harmonies website way after their existence ceased. Not that the HH comments section is the be all-end all of melodic rock commentary; there have been a few idiotic left-overs from people who deserve to be tossed out of the gene pool, but nothing quite beats some of the folk on the Noticeboard who obviously have far too much time on their hands to do and say anything useful. So what of Dirtyworks? They arrived far too late on the hair metal scene to make a difference. On a better day, this is the kind of band that should've been championed by the likes of Eonian Records; hair metal image and sound, died without a contract, and arrived way after the L.A styled glam/sleaze parties had finished up without anyone paying the bill! For soundalikes, perhaps Slaughter, Skid Row. Guitar wise they sound pretty cool (take a bow Todd Graham), though Steve Bennett's vocals takes a bit of getting used to.

The Songs
Dirtyworks fire off their first bullet 'One Child', definite chugging guitars and an overall L.A metal feel. 'Next track 'Road To Pain' should be renamed 'Road To Skid Row', as the Canucks steal an idea or two from Seb Bach's mob, but the delivery lacks the big production punch. Track 3 'Heart Of Stone' is a power ballad, take it or leave it (I like it); the band also included an alternate piano version at the end of the CD. 'Shame' is playful anthemic stuff leaning to the sleaze side of the bar-counter, sort of like Kix meeting up with Dirty Looks for a few beers. 'Shot Down' features some sharp guitar riffs but the vocals are pretty average to be honest. Another ballad, this time an acoustic offering 'Blinded', with no trace of drums.. just percussion. An unplugged affair for sure. It's back to Skid Row for the 80's heritage listed track 'Little Sister'. A growling track, you can detect Teen Wolf from a mile away! Oh dear, DW have landed another ballad.. what's going on here? 'Day By Day' tugs at the heartstrings that a band like Guns N Roses tried to do at the height of their popularity. Much better is the slam-dunk metal of 'Tickled Pink', which is played in a style that suits these Maple Leaf mavericks. 'Hard Luck' appeals to the melodic rocker in me, with guitar harmonies, sharp riffs and good vocal choruses the order of the day. However, the guitar solo from Todd Graham is godawful.. He sounds out of tune!

In Summary
Lost in the shuffle of the pre-grunge movement, Dirtyworks remained a mystery, until some horrendous asking prices on Ebay made punters sit up and take notice.. 'who are these guys'? Don't get fooled by the high asking price, the CD may be rare, but it's hardly earth shattering. If, you are a businessman however, you might like to procure this cheaply if you can (yeah right!), and offload it at an outrageous markup before some reissue label comes along and puts you out of business!

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#1 | gdazegod on July 23 2015 11:15:07
I hope the Heavy Harmonies and Melodic Rock Noticeboards didn't take offence at my sharper than sharp jabs.. lol!
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