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Maxx Explosion - 2015 Dirty Angels

ARTIST: Maxx Explosion
ALBUM: Dirty Angels
LABEL: Kivel Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Chris McCarvill - vocals, bass * Jimi Bell - guitar, vocals * BJ Zampa - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Voodoo Moon * 02 Doctor Saturday * 03 Crazy Hot * 04 Over You * 05 Nothing's Easy * 06 Ordinary Life * 07 All For You * 08 Over The Line * 09 Impossible * 10 Dream Weaver * 11 Trigger Happy * 12 Fast Enough * 13 On The Rise * 14 Dirty Angels



I loved the debut Maxx Explosion album from 2013. My review at the time did mention how ham-fisted the sound ended up, when compared to House Of Lords. Thuddy, murky and a bit inclined toward the bottom-end. Of course the three members here are all part of James Christian's day-job band, so ME is like rough-edged granulated coffee versus HOL silky smooth latte. A good contrast perhaps and a great way for this trio to let off steam. In saying that, 'Dirty Angels' has better production all round, and if anything, the trio have selected a bunch of songs which prevents that hamfisted sound from sneaking through.

The Songs
It's all as heavy as horses with the brief instrumental 'Voodoo Moon' opening ME's account. It sounds like an intro to a supernatural TV show. The album is then prised open with 'Doctor Saturday', a brash rocker with McCarvill doing his best James Christian impression. 'Crazy Hot' goes all 80's strutty-styled hard rock. Think Bullet Boys and bands of that persuasion. 'Over You' is smooth ballad material, another contrast to ME's sound. 'Nothing's Easy' is another hark-back to prime-time 80's material. Those big choruses are tailor-made for MTV. McCarvill this time sounding like the excellent Frank Vestry. 'Ordinary Life' tramples over all we've heard before, an absolute boisterous rocker that surges like a rhino without a cause! The cover of Gary Wright's 'Dreamweaver' is given a complete make-over sounding nothing like the original. I like it, many won't.. lol! 'Trigger Happy' is another instrumental; sort of like a widdly-diddly interlude from Jimi Bell in the vein of Steve Lynch from Autograph. 'On The Rise' heads into Dokken's 80's era, the metronome going at silly speed, but still sounding epic nonetheless. The closing title-track 'Dirty Angels' drifts out on a restrained note, a relaxing ballad which provides the perfect wind-down.

In Summary
Though the album contains 14 tracks, the running time is a touch over 52 minutes. I'll let you decide whether that's too much hard rock in one sitting. With two albums under their belt, Maxx Explosion looks set to stay. And with Adriangale now back in the groove, Kivel Records has a couple of bands that are contenders. Let's hope these guys can get out and play live somewhere. I'm sure they'll prove to be a popular draw.

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