Monday, September 30, 2013

Beasto Blanco-Live Fast Die Loud

Rat Pak Records

What's that you say? You're not familiar with the band Beasto Blanco? Don't worry my friends as soon enough you will be. In fact, if the god's of rock and roll continue to do their thing, which means that not only do they keep on smiling down on these hard rockers and showing them good fortune, but also that they kick down any doors and remove any and all roadblocks in their path, then soon enough this new group could very well be on every one's mind! It's only a matter of time I figure. You see, it's one thing when you have the likes of Alice Cooper, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Mikey Dee (Motörhead), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe) and even producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Hanoi Rocks, etc.) singing your praises right? I mean that itself is pretty impressive as we're talking about some well-respected artists in Cooper, McBrain and Dee, but getting respect from fellow musicians is not that unusual you could argue. But, when you have celebrities raving about you then that really says something! Did I just say celebrities? Yes, I did. What's more, we're not just talking about any old B-grade talent here, but rather a huge celebrity endorsement from a guy who most certainly knows his way around good music. That fan is none other then Johnny Depp! That's right, the guys in Beasto Blanco have found a new fan in actor/musician Johnny Depp. Remember that at one point in time Depp, who I'll admit to having a man-crush on, played guitar in a band with Butthole Surfers front-man Gibby Haynes called "P". So, Johnny does have a pretty solid grasp on underground, up-and-coming acts. Besides, having Depp as a fan can't hurt this band's chances any. Before you go off thinking that this is anything but blue collar, street-wise music though be assured that this group my friends, and I'm talking to all my fellow rock and metal fanatics who are all about their music being loud and proud (mainstream or not), most certainly comes across as a local "band down the road". The music jam-packed within this album walks the walk of street-ready, leather jackets and switchblades metal. And it should go without saying that it rocks the shit out a set of stereo speakers! Beasto Blanco is the kind of group that bleeds integrity and plays like they've got a chip on their shoulder the size of a boulder! Formed in 2012, and every bit as punk and as sleazy as they wanna be, the band is the brainchild of Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric (who handles bass and lead vocals here) and guitarist Chris Latham (of Paper Back Hero fame). Energetic as hell, the music here is raw, real and honest. But then again that was the whole point of this band from the very get-go. Fans themselves of bands like White Zombie and Motörhead, the two musicians (Garric and Latham) initially set out on a journey to create something that this world could use a lot more of-real, no-frills, throw your horns high in the sky, rock like it's the end of the century, heavy music with attitude and just the right kind of self-assurance that makes your act stand out above the pack without making you look like a major douche! There's a difference of course and in Chuck Garric's hands this band stands tall and proud and yes, it's an addictive formula. To that end they enlisted a few guests (Calico Cooper, Glen Sobel, Jonathan Mover and more) to help out in the studio and share their vision of creating the perfect rock n' metal album. When it was all wrapped up and finished, and the dust that all these folks had kicked up finally went and settled down, the group ended up with this 11-track, full-length debut album that is the stuff that could only come by way of blood, sweat and lots of cold beers. Right off the top of my head tracks like "Breakdown" will no doubt appeal to all the Rob Zombie fans out there and a cut like "Beg To Differ" is definitely for those who love their Motörhead, and yes, that includes me! It doesn't just stop and end with Rob Zombie and Lemmy though. "Live Fast Die Loud" , which is both a cool album title and a cool album cut, is forged from the same pits of hell that spit-forth Lucky Bastardz and bands as diverse as Metallica and the Ramones. Even the likes of AC/DC, Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction, Megadeth, Soundgarden, (later day and much more metallic) Black Sabbath, Anthrax, W.A.S.P., early Mötley Crüe, Kiss and Skid Row could be viewed as influences so there's no way anyone could walk away from this one without feeling like your insides have been turned inside out and that your body had been force-feed to a metal grinder! If that sounds like just the poison that you've been searching for then don't just walk when this one drops at the tail end of October but run, and I mean run fast, for this is one release that you do not want to miss out on! You can pre-order this bad mo-fo at the link below and as always remember to live your life loud and proud!

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