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Nova Rex - 2017 Rockstar Roadshow

ARTIST: Nova Rex
ALBUM: Rockstar Roadshow
LABEL: Quantum Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Adrian Primadonis - lead vocals * Greg Polcari - guitars, backing vocals * Kenny Wilkerson - bass, backing vocals * Eddie Cruise - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Don't Know * 02 She's A Bitch * 03 Bosoms & Beer * 04 Lock N' Load * 05 Seven * 06 Break Away * 07 Crank It Up * 08 Metal Devastation



This band started life in 1985, and were featured here previously thanks to their 1992 album 'Blow Me Away'. Well, that's exactly what the grunge movement did to this Indianapolis band along with countless others, but yet, here they are alive and well in 2017. Well, at least one of the members is: Kenny Wilkerson, who has carried on the band name, and relocated to Florida, forming a new line-up in the process. It's an eight track affair, and considering I owned 'Blow Me Away' at one point on CD (trading it away many years ago), should I hold my breath on this album?

The Songs
Err no, unless you enjoy early-mid 90's rock in the vein of Motley Crue and Alice Cooper with some AC/DC thrown in for good measure. The vocals from Primadonis (surely not his real name?) carve out the songs with a growl and in some cases spoken word parts. 'She's A Bitch' is a copy-cat version of AC/DC while 'Bosoms & Beer' makes for absolutely hilarious listening. 'Break Away' riffs away rather nicely, so too 'Crank It Up' which displays a trash/gutter style to things. The best is left till last, with 'Metal Devastation' roughing up the album no end, with the gang-chant 'heavy metal' taking things back to the 80's, as if it were a bad memory.

In Summary
Despite some useful songs, the production probably lacks for something and lets the side down. And as for the material overall, well it certainly isn't as 'hair-metal' as per their past efforts. At the end of the day: it's all very interesting but not particularly essential.

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