Sunday, June 14, 2009

Molotow-Rock Tales


It's been around a year and a half since Molotow's "feat. Rock & Roll" was released. The new album finds the band still playing the type of hard rock that was so prominent in the late 80's and early 90's. On "Rock Tales" the band takes it up a notch as they have become heavier and much forward in their attack. Under the influences section of the band's Myspace page it states "Every great rock band out there". That kind of attitude goes along with the fact that they seem more confident and they just rip into the songs with zero hesitation. I hear hints of Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and others. However this time around these guys are starting to seize the opportunity and develop their own style. It's a style that grabs hold and doesn't let it go. There isn't a lot of meandering around or wasted notes. The melodies are strong and the hooks are tight and on target. The vocals are powerful and definitely had me convinced they would be even better live. They throw out some catchy choruses that were going through my head even after the first listen. The production is superb and everything is in place. I found myself feeling both surprised and impressed by how far Molotow have come since their last release. My only real complaint is that there were a few songs that I felt could and were going to last longer. So perhaps they could take their time more and get as much out of their talent as they can. The talent, confidence and poise is obviously present now.

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