With a line-up whose previous employers include Whitesnake, Journey, Thin Lizzy and Motley Crue, to name but a few, a new album by The Dead Daisies is a salivating event.
The Dead Daisies: ‘Burn It Down’
Release Date: April 6th 2018 (Spitfire Music/SPV)
Words: Brian Boyle
Their fourth studio offering, ‘Burn It Down’, is one of the most eagerly anticipated rock releases of the year, however the band are a slightly changed animal from the one that brought us 2016s all-killer ‘Make Some Noise’.
Gone is the well travelled Brian Tichy and in his place steps former Journey and Doug Aldrich’s Revolution Saints bandmate Deen Castronovo and that slick bit of recruitment has given the band a bigger pair of kahunas and enhances a new in-your-face grittier sound.
Not that the Daisies have strayed too far off the beaten track creatively, but after you’ve been knuckledusted by the brutish opener ‘Resurrected’, you’ll immediately get the vibe that the band are wearing a completely new attitude and loving it. Second track, ‘Rise Up’, oozes pure cocky swagger and a big dirty Sabbath-esque riff that will pulverise you on the first listen.
While the last album’s title track stuck very much to the fist pumping anthemic formula, this record’s front of house gem couldn’t be any more different. Opening with soothing seductive blues tones, it soon erupts with a mountainous chorus that keeps you coming back for more.
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‘Judgement Day’ follows much the same path and once again highlights that the band’s songwriting prowess is firmly in the ascendancy while the ever so naughty ‘Bitch’ is just an out and out blast. John Corabi’s vocals are at their mischievous best on a tune reminiscent of classic Aerosmith.
In fact the whole band are on fire on this one. Doug Aldrich and David Lowy make an unmerciful racket while pumping out some riotus riffing and the Rolls Royce rhythm section of Marco Mendoza and new boy Castronovo emphatically bind it all together.
If there’s any justice left in the fickle world of rock’n’roll, the titanic ‘Set Me Free’ should go down in history as one of the great rock ballads. Fusing together slabs of southern, blues and a generous garnish of gospel, the song’s beauty lies in it’s compelling simplicity.
For the final three tunes, they seriously plug it in and let it rip. ‘Dead And Gone’ stomps and struts along like a modern day ‘Back In Black’ and ‘Can’t Take It With You’ flexes it’s muscles with a searing Aldrich solo, proving yet again why the North Carolina man is one of the finest guitarists on the planet.
The jewel in the album lies with the full throttle closer ‘Leave Me Alone’. Nothing beats the feeling of hearing a song for the first time and your jaw scraping your knees in awe. This is a no-frills brainshaker ram packed with middle finger attitude and Corabi steals the show with his well vaped pipes putting in a serious shift.
A lot people believe the album format has lost it’s identity in the current climate of downloading and streaming but thankfully we still have the romantics who are still madly in love with the long player who revel in the buzz of handing their hard earned cash over the counter and rushing home for that first glorious spin and believe me, this album will keep that love flowing.
If it’s your intention to educate your kids on the overwhelming joys of good honest classic rock, for a change bypass the usual suspects and present them with ‘Burn It Down’ by The Dead Daisies. A masterclass in rock album creation.
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Burn It Down
What Goes Around
Set Me Free
Dead And Gone
Can’t Take It With You
Leave Me Alone
The Dead Daisies are:
John Corabi – Vocals
Doug Aldrich – Guitars
Marco Mendoza – Bass
David Lowy – Guitars
Deen Castronovo – Drums
The ‘Burn It Down’ world tour kicks off two days after the album is released. In the UK The Dead Daisies will be joined by The Treatment and The Amorettes as special guests in Nottingham, London and Bristol. The remaining UK shows are The Amorettes only and meanwhile, on the European leg of the tour, the special guests will be German rockers The New Roses. The dates are:
8th April: Glasgow, Garage
9th April: Bilston, Robin 2
10th April: London, Koko
12th April: Manchester, Academy 2
13th April: Nottingham, Rock City
14th April: Bristol, Academy
16th April: NET – Tilburg, 013
17th April: BEL – Vosselaar, Biebob
18th April: GER – Hamburg, Markthalle
20th April: SWE – Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers
21st April: NOR – Oslo, Parkteateret
22nd April: SWE – Stockholm, Klubben
24th April: DEN – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
25th April: GER – Osnabrück, Rosenhof
26th April: GER – Munich, Backstage Werk
27th April: HUN – Budapest, Barba Negra Track
29th April: AUS – Vienna, Simm City
1st May: POL – Wroclaw, Thanks Jimi Festival
3rd May: GER – Berlin, Kesselhaus
4th May: GER – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
5th May: GER – Cologne, Live Music Hall
6th May: FRA – Paris, Le Trabendo
8th May: SWI – Pratteln, Z7
9th May: ITA – Trezzo (Milan), Live Club
11th May: SPA – Bilbao, Santana 27
12th May: SPA – Madrid, Mon
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