Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nasty Idols-Boys Town


Metal Heaven

In recent years we have of course been overwhelmed by the number of glam acts that have popped up in Sweden. Yet here we have Nasty Idols a band who formed over twenty years ago when most glam bands were swarming around LA. They managed to knock out five albums between 1989 and 1995 before calling it a day. However a few years ago the band reformed. Now they hit us with a release that should make fans and younger bands alike stand up and take notice. This pure sleaze glam with lots of volume and attitude. A simple formula for sure, but one that is guaranteed to work if the band pushes hard enough. Nasty Idols call on the sounds of Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, Tigertailz and even draw from youngsters like Crashdiet as well. The vocals are rough and gritty when needed upon and melodic when they have to be. The music is basic hard rock, but it contains enough and hooks to make an impression. If there is a downside it's just that the band sometime fall prey to being too repetitive with some of the choruses on a couple of songs. That's a minor complaint because really this is the first really good hard rock album of the year and I would be very surprised it does not make top ten albums of 2009.

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