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Roth Brock Project - 2016 Roth Brock Project

ARTIST: Roth Brock Project
ALBUM: Roth Brock Project
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Terry Brock - lead and backing vocals * John Roth - guitars, bass, keyboards, lead and backing vocals * Scott Trammell - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Young Gun * 02 What's It To Ya * 03 Young Again * 04 If That's What It Takes * 05 I Don't Know Why * 06 Distant Voices * 07 We Are * 08 Fighter * 09 My City * 10 Never Givin' Up * 11 Reason To Believe


WEBLINKS: Roth Brock Project FB Page

Both these blokes are respected names in the melodic rock industry. No surprise that they've been teamed together by Frontiers Records, and their collective credits over the years makes for impressive reading. I won't go through a history lesson, needless to say most GDM'ers will know both musicians from their respective careers, but their combination was struck when both were part of Giant's 2010 CD 'Promise Land'. As you can expect, the music to be found on this CD is clean and precise. Probably most of you would want to compare this to something like Seventh Key or Slamer, but to be fair 'Roth Brock Project' steers clear of any association with those two fine bands. Besides, I'm thinking that John Roth's guitar sound is not the same as the impeccable Mike Slamer, so you will be able to find a point of difference.

The Songs
Much of the material pitched here is reminiscent of the late 80's big hair brigade, and that's fine by me. The star of the show is John Roth and his superb guitar-playing which borders on shred, but the rhythm guitar work is off the charts too. It's all uplifting stuff, as the kick-off 'Young Gun' suggests. The guitar rhythms are razor sharp and cut to the bone. The ideas of 'What's It To Ya' sound like they were born in the 80's, the chorus in particular sounds like something Warrant created. 'Young Again' is aimed at the AOR audience, and given the anthem styled gang-chants on the chorus, that comes as no surprise.The mid section of the album kinda treads water for me, all useful songs but not resonating with me as I know it should. Like many reviews I've written where I've focused on bands needing to rock out more, the same applies here. The mid-tempo songs are missing something, and when you hear a song further down the track order like 'Fighter' which does rock out, you just know the theory holds up. 'My City' is big on the anthem side of things, while 'Never Givin' Up' is useful too, though the 'Wrecking Ball' styled chorus a la Miley Cyrus is just out of meteorite range, but only just.

In Summary
I'm glad we get the chance to hear John and Terry tear it up in 2016, although the material does tend to hover around the same honeypot too often. This is a very useful pairing, who obviously have some symbiosis in their songwriting. No doubt this is the first effort, and that future collaborations will be forthcoming. Count on it. On another note, I did read somewhere recently that Terry was playing live with Le Roux, a band he has had past dealings with. I wonder if anything will come of that association with the Louisiana legends? Should I get excited? We'll see..

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