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Roadkill - 2016 Extinct

ARTIST: Roadkill
ALBUM: Extinct
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Neil Steel - vocals * Ziggy - guitars * James Basser - guitars * Ted Tedington - bass * Brendan `Squid' Shelverton - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ready For War * 02 Killing Yourself To Live * 03 Evil * 04 What The Hell * 05 Down And Out * 06 Hellbound * 07 Wishful Thinking * 08 Death Comes Calling * 09 In The Dark * 10 Head On


WEBLINKS: | Roadkill FB Page

Interesting to see this Australian no-frills hard rock band signed to MelodicRock Records in 2016. Not the usual fare you'd see on the label, known for acts that are mostly pink and fluffy. Roadkill have been in operation since 2006, and originate from Hobart, Tasmania. Before 'Extinct', they released four other self-released albums: 'More To Come (EP)' and 'God Bless America' - both from 2007. This was followed up by 2012's 'Profanity & Innuendo' and a 'Live' set from 2015. Roadkill offer up a bruising form of hard rock with an indelible stamp of Aussie brashness covering it all. Sure, all the comparisons are being made to Aussie stalwarts AC/DC but I think you'll find other bar-bruisers such as Airbourne can also be made.

The Songs
There's some big pumping bass lines coming out of tracks like 'Ready For War' and 'Wishful Thinking', while the band trip into double overdrive with the fast paced 'Killing Yourself To Live', a deadly anthem if ever there was one. It looks like Roadkill have borrowed from the same lyrical songbook as Black Sabbath as evidenced by song-titles like 'What The Hell', 'Hellbound' and 'Death Comes Calling', but that's where the similarities end, as Roadkill's rumbling high octane rock comes straight out of the beer barns of Australia, rather than a cemetery.. lol. I'll admit this style of rock isn't my usual fare, but I like some of the songs here, purely because of its straight-down-the-highway delivery. Particularly when they start compromising the speed limit as on the aforementioned 'What The Hell' and the rather dangerous 'Head On'.

In Summary
I think Roadkill would make for entertaining viewing in a live capacity. Being a local band (for me Tasmania is kinda local, but not quite), I haven't had the chance to see them live yet, so I will keep an eye out for any gigs where they are playing away from Hobart. If no-frills rock is your game, then step away from the curb and hit the road with these guys.

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