by Chris A.
- Senior Photojournalist –
September 8, 2012 at the Uproar Festival in Indianapolis, IN
The 2012 version of the Uproar Festival is currently winding its way around North America with headliners Godsmack and Shinedown reaping the majority of the media reviews. Sharing the main stage with these giants of rock were Adelitas Way, a quintet of talented musicians based in “Sin City” (Vegas) who have been crisscrossing America the past few years turning rock fans onto their brand of “anthemic rock n’ roll.”
Let’s get it over with for those who don’t know the story. Why is the band called “Adelitas Way”? Apparently while touring Southern California, Rick DeJesus and his buddies made a wrong turn and ended up across the boarder in Mexico where they were hoodwinked and robbed by dirty cops. With limited resources they decided to pound a few cold ones and regroup at a Mexican whorehouse called “The Adelita”. So there you go.
They made their mark on the industry with their 2009 self-titled album “Adelitas Way” featuring the single “Invincible”. While filled with heavy guitars and often explosive drums, the band still projects a somewhat radio-friendly “pop” feel that has helped move some of their music to the mainstream. Songs by Adelitas Way have been featured by a number of television productions, sporting events (it was the “official” theme song for the WWE Superstars), and much more.
The band is currently on the Uproar Tour promoting their second disc “Home School Valedictorian,” which was released in 2011. From the live concert perspective, Adelitas Way is a very enjoyable rock n’ roll band with emotive songs. When you see them live, you get the sense that the best is yet to come from this young band. Perhaps the most difficult challenge facing this young band is to distinguish themselves from all the other post-grunge, emotive rock n roll bands.
On stage, the band is powerful, confident and they sounded exceptional. It’s easy to tell that the band loves to perform live. As so often happens, their songs seem less “poppy” when belting them out live in comparison to the album cuts. Frontman, Rick DeJesus is emerging as a vocal force in rock n’ roll and worked the stage and performed the songs with passion. Lead guitarist Robert Zakaryan is nothing short of a world-class shredder as he cut loose on his maple-top Les Paul Custom, tearing it up with licks that Zakk Wylde would find impressive. For fans who have seen Adelitas Way perform over the past few years, it’s obvious that the years of touring are rewarding the band with increased maturity, stage presence, musical skills and confidence.
If you have a chance to see Adelitas Way, do it. Give this band a try and you’ll discover that they are musically sound and have a great potential to make a decisive mark in the diverse world of rock n roll. For more information about Adelitas Way visit http://www.adelitaswaymusic.net for tour information.
Rick DeJesus – lead vocals
Keith “KWB” Wallen – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Robert “Rahji” Zakaryan lead guitar
Derek “DB8″ Johnston – bass guitar
Trevor “Tre” Stafford – drums, percussion
Adelitas Way Uproar Festival 2012 Photo Gallery
by Shawna Luehring
Staff Writer –
May 12, 2012 at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO
The annual tradition started and carried on by the Kansas City radio station 98.9 the Rock moves into its 20th year. Celebrating the anniversary with 55,000+ fans at this year’s event was featured headliner Shinedown, Slash with Myles Kennedy, Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah, Volbeat and many more.
Like past shows, the artists split the time performing on two stages: Monster Energy Stage and the Jeremiah Weed Stage. Fifteen bands performed and delivered 12 hours of music at the largest one-day music festival in the U.S. Except for a little rain during Adelitas Way’s set and a brief power outage that caused Chevell to cut its set short and Slash to perform with no stage lighting, the concert was uneventful when compared with shows from the last few years.
Highlights of the concert included the debut of Denmark’s Volbeat, whose first appearance in Kansas City brought the crowd to their feet, and Hellyeah, dubbed “America’s heavy metal supergroup,” closed out the second stage with some serious hard rock. With such as a large crowd on hand, the promoters added large, enhanced HD video screens on each side of the Monster Energy, and the Jeremiah Weed stage was larger this year, standing a towering 10 feet tall.
Monster Energy Stage (Main):
Theory of a Deadman
Slash (and Myles Kennedy)
Five Finger Death Punch
Jeremiah Weed Stage (Second):
Art of Dying
Black Stone Cherry
KC Rockfest 2012 Photo Gallery
by Sara McCarthy
Staff Writer –
April 22, 2012 at Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton, PA
The Avalanche tour made a stop in Scranton Sunday night, nearing the end of a month-long trek across the country. Shinedown, supporting their latest CD Amaryllis, which was released on March 27, headlined the show.
Art of Dying was the first band to take the stage. Hailing from Canada, this young band was the first act signed by Intoxication, the record label started by Disturbed’s David Draiman and Dan Donegan. Having the support of their label and working with Producer Howard Benson, the band released their second album, Vices and Virtues in 2011. Continuing to tour and promote their album, front-man Johnny Hetherington’s vocals were on fire, while fellow band members tore through their half hour set, giving the audience a great example of the raw energy and talent that they have built a reputation for.
Straight Across My Mind
Whole World’s Crazy
Get Thru This
After a quick set change, Adelitas Way gave Scranton a taste of their musical offerings from Home School Valedictorian, their second studio release. The CD, still making headway on the charts, has released four singles, the latest being “Alive.” Starting their set off with “The Collapse” got the crowd pumped and ready for “Dirty Little Things” and “Hurt.” Robert Zakaryan showed off his considerable talent and is obviously growing quite comfortable in his role as lead guitarist. This band was able to pack a lot of punch into their seven track set list, ending their time with “Invincible,” which the crowd gladly sang along to.
Dirty Little Thing
Cage The Beast
Shinedown released their first studio album since 2008 on March 27, 2012, entitled Amaryllis. The tracks contained within are filled with brutal honesty and deal with difficult topics, delivered in a gritty rock-n-roll format. Tonight front-man Brent Smith and band mates delivered a spectacular example of why this band hit the rock scene with a vengeance and hasn’t slowed down since.
The first three songs of their set “Sound of Madness”, “Diamond Eyes” followed by “Enemies” (off their new album) had the crowd wild and surging toward the front barriers to the stage. When you have as many wildly popular singles as Shinedown does it is easy to please the crowd just by playing your old hits. The group did a great job of balancing the desires of the crowd with the band’s need to showcase their new work. Even though it has been less than a month since the release of Amaryllis, when new tracks were played audience members could be seen singing right along to “Enemies” and “Nowhere Kids.” The final song in their full set was “.45” off of their first album Leave a Whisper.
The encore began with “Bully,” a track that has received a lot of media attention recently due to it being the title track for the documentary by the same name. Tackling a serious topic that is pervasive in our society today, the documentary’s distributor has been fighting to have the “R” rating removed from the project. The Motion Picture Association of America assigned the rating due to foul language in the film. All of the controversy surrounding the film and it’s accompanying song has had a positive effect on both sides and at certain times the audience’s voice threatened to overwhelm Smith’s vocals. Following “Bully” was their cover of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Second Chance” and their first single ever “Fly From the Inside.”
Shinedown has continued to demonstrate why they are so popular and able to dominate every show they play. These guys deliver an energy filled, heartfelt, entertaining performance and if you have not had the chance to see them live, I suggest you do your best to make that happen.
Sound of Madness
If You Only Knew
The Crow and The Butterfly
Fly From the Inside
Shinedown with Art of Dying and Adelitas Way 2012 Photo Gallery
Photos Appear Courtesy of Sara McCarthy
by Mark Allen
This sophomore effort from Adelitas Way is a musical Frankenstein, created by culling parts from other bands. You can hear the slamming riffs of Saliva, the pop-rock hooks of Papa Roach, the slithering melodies of Seether, the thumping aggression of Three Days Grace…you get the idea. Granted, not necessarily a bad mash-up, but it does mean Home School Valedictorian is about as original as the missionary position, so if you cling to the creed that all rock ‘n’ roll should be edgy and push the envelope, then you’ll no doubt consider this album a flunk out. However, if hooky radio rock hits are what makes your motor hum, then this album will quickly procure a place of prominence on your iPod or other preferred music-delivery system.
The wisdom of Adelitas Way is that while borrowing from other bands, they borrowed the best parts. You can criticize their cribbing, but bands have been stealing from each other since the first caveman banged two rocks together to make a beat. Every group is influenced by some other group, so scolding Adelitas Way for creating a whole out of the sum of their heroes’ parts may be a bit unfair. Better to simply sit back and enjoy the tasty concoction they have whipped up for our aural pleasure.
The polished production is straight-forward and gimmick-free, focusing more on the earnestness of the band than on studio trickery. This allows Adelitas Way to exude a more organic vibe than many of their contemporaries. Admittedly, the difference is slight and probably indiscernible to those unfamiliar with the modern rock genre, but producer Dave Bassett (who has worked with Shinedown and Halestorm) has applied a sonic edge to this album that subtly differs from the routine production rut.
There are no complaints to be lodged against any of the musicianship, but special props must be given to drummer Trevor Stafford. While the actual sound of his drums is nothing unique, his stick-wielding expertise is definitely a notch above, with his fills being particularly impressive. Not impressive in a flashy, Tommy Lee kind of way, but he definitely injects his own style into the beats and this is appreciated in a genre that far too often sees the skin-pounder content to simply kick back and do little more than maintain the basics.
Song variation is one of the album’s true strengths. No track sounds quite like the one that preceded it, and this too sets the band apart from a sizeable portion of the modern rock pack. Right out of the gate, “Collapse” gets things rolling with the kind of hard-hitting sound one has come to expect from this kind of band, but then the first single, “Sick,” ramps up the heaviness, only to follow that up with “Alive,” a catchy mid-tempo rocker. Then “Criticize” cranks some adrenalin through the amps before the album switches the pace up yet again with “Good Enough.” Next, perhaps fearful the head-bangers will become bored, the band barrels into “Cage the Beast,” easily the heaviest thing on the album. Two slower songs then allow a gentle descent from the heavy metal high before slamming things back into riff-raging high gear with “Move” and “I Wanna Be.” The album closes with the requisite—and well-crafted—power ballad “Hurt.” New bands could study this album to learn a thing or two about proper song sequencing, because Adelitas Way absolutely nailed the flow on this one.
Bottom line, Home School Valedictorian is a high-quality modern hard rock effort with more hooks than a Hellraiser movie. The “cutting edge” factor may be about as dangerous as a cardboard cobra, but the enjoyment factor is way up there. If the test given to Adelitas Way was to deliver a very good modern hard rock album, then they deserve to graduate with honors.
Genre: Modern hard rock
Rick DeJesus (lead vocals)
Robert Zackaryan (lead guitar)
Keith Wallan (rhythm guitar)
Derek Johnston (bass guitar)
Trevor Stafford (drums, percussion)
5. Good Enough
6. Cage the Beast
7. I Can Tell
8. Somebody Wishes They Were You
10. I Wanna Be
Label: Virgin Records
Hardrock Haven rating: 8.6/10
May 22 & 23, 2010 at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
by Chris A. & Deb Rao
[author: Chris A.] It’s the fourth time Columbus has hosted the “Rock on the Range” festival and by the size of the audience you’d never know there was any kind of economic crisis. With approximately 50,000 people attending each day, “Rock on the Range” is proving to be “the” show of the year in the upper Midwest of the United States. Three stages, 30-plus bands, dozens of vendors and lots of creative merchandise for sale, it’s a big party and a very good time. As with past years, there were three stages; the Monster Stage was the main stage inside the Columbus Crew Stadium while the Kicker Stage was located on the north side of the stadium and the smaller Jaegermeister Stage was positioned on the south. “Rock on the Range” has always been a great place for upstart “baby bands” to get some exposure plus they don’t seem to shy away from including diverse acts on the bill. In the case of Rock on the Range, a show known primarily as a “metal festival” it was interesting that the show would be opened and closed by rap oriented acts. Headliners for Saturday on the Monster Stage were, “Rise Against”, “Three Days Grace” and “Godsmack”. On Sunday the main bands were, “Seether”, “Rob Zombie” with “Limb Bizkit” closing the festival.
Despite a damp start to Saturday, gray clouds and occasional sprinkles didn’t appear to hold the crowd back as the yellow benches in Crew Stadium started to disappear as fans arrived to the show. At noon, the show started with Windsor, Ontario Detroit Tigers fan, “Richy Nix,” a tall thin white-guy from Ontario, rapping to metal. Twenty minutes later on the main stage, “Sevendust” exploded into their set, erasing any memories of cockeyed baseball caps and robotic hand gestures, with in-your-face metal intensity. Nearly 11 hours later the sound of electric guitars and the gritty metal of “Godsmack” faded as day-one came to an end.
Sunday was a glorious day, blue skies, beautiful hot sun and no indication of rain. At noon, “Shaman’s Harvest” a great young band, opened the show on the Kicker stage. Over the course of the next 11 hours Apocalyptica performed its brand of “metal”. Australian metal band “Airbourne” made a lot of friends and demonstrated why we all love blues-based rock ‘n’ roll! At nearly 10 pm, Fred Durst and the now out-of-seclusion “Limb Bizkit” capped off an incredible two-days of great music.
With three stages and almost invariably two running at one time, it was impossible for anyone to see all the bands. As seems to be the case with Columbus rock ‘n’ roll crowds, the fans were very mellow at Rock on the Range. It was a big party with lots of beer and thousands of friends. Sitting back and observing, It was amazing to watch the incredibly orderly procession of thousands of people snaking along the paths to get from stage to stage. Venue security, the Columbus Police Department (who were there in numbers) were extremely fan-friendly and were clearly there to keep an eye on things and to snatch up the occasional drunk-moron who got a bit too out of hand.
Each performance day started at 12 noon and for the most part the show stayed on time and ran smoothly. “Rock on the Range” 2010 was a very successful event with great bands and thousands of happy fans. Keep any eye here for interview articles from John 5, Airbourne and others from the weekends show. For more information on “Rock on the Range” visit www.rockontherange.com You can also see my photos of “Rock on the Range” by visiting www.chrisa.us
Rock on the Range Photo Gallery
Photos appear courtesy of Chris A. and Deb Rao
[author: Deb Rao] As thousands of rock fans descended to Columbus, Ohio at Crew Stadium, one thing was for certain the sporting venue was turned into a rock and roll extravaganza for one of the most anticipated events of the summer Rock On The Range 2010. The event promised to feature one of the most solid line-ups to date. This year Rock On The Range was hosted by Mistress Juliya and broadcast live by Nikki Sixx and his new hit radio show Sixx Sense.
Tattoos, body jewelry and rock clothing venders filled the area to the hilt. The crowd featured a young audience and some older fans of the older bands. One of the most exciting aspects of this year’s line-up on May 22 headlined by Boston’s Godsmack with the diversity to the line-up. ROTR featured the best in punk, alternative, hip-hop and hard rock cutting edge bands making an impact in music today. The festival featured three stages of music included the Jager Stage. Kicker Stage, and Monster Stage. I found myself mostly stationed at the Kicker Stage but after the days shooting of that stage was over, I managed to catch full sets of Rise Against, Three Days Grace, and Godsmack. More on the main acts later.
My journey began early in the morning from Boston, as my flight landed in Columbus, Ohio a tad late due to flight delays. But no worries a full day of music was ahead of me. One of the first acts I had the pleasure of seeing was Eleven Seven Music recording artists Drowning Pool on the Monster Stage. This band is one of the hardest working bands in music today. Singer Ryan McCombs has picked up the pieces and breathed new life into the band. As the sun tried to break through the ominous clouds, Drowning Pool heated up the stage with a set that included these songs,”Enemy,” “Sinner”,”37 Stitches,” Feel Like I Do”,”Regret”,”Tear Away”, and “Bodies.”
Next up on the Monster Stage was Puddle of Mudd who is in the midst of a successful headlining tour. Puddle Of Mudd is best when performing at festivals like this. Lead frontman Wes Scantlin always manages to get the crowd rolling and today’s performance was no exception. The band opened with the ferocious “Control”, as Wes took full control of the moment and the mosh pits began. Slammin’ into new song “Spaceship’ let the party begin as Wes yelled,”What’s up Motherf***ers?” Highlight of the set with fists in the air included the AC/DC cover “TNT.”
I proceeded to make my way to the Kicker Stage to catch one of the most exciting and promising acts of the day Halestorm. Mistress Juliya introduced the band as Lzzy Hale dressed in a black and red dress and hit the stage with a set that was clearly mesmerizing. Halestorm opened their set with “It’s Not You.” The ’80s had Heart and Pat Benetar as the reigning rock queens. Well, this is the Millennium and Lzzy Hale most definitely deserves the title as best new female of the decade. Lzzy can rock with the best of them and Halestorm clearly won the title for best act on the Kicker Stage at ROTR 2010.
It was great to see all the female musicians performing here today. Next up another great band that gave an outstanding performance was Christian rock band Skillet. Fronted by John Cooper, his wife Korey Cooper on guitar was also spellbinding. Jen Ledger was featured on drums. The band also featured a cello and violin, which added a nice flavor to the hard rock sound. Highlights of the set were the songs “Hero”, and “Monster.”
The Kicker Stage featured some of the best acts all day. Next up Killswitch Engage made Massachusetts proud. It was exhilarating to see all the talent from the Mass area here today. Highlight of the Killswitch Engage set was when singer Howard Jones dedicated the song “Holy Diver” to the legendary Dio. Metal horns in the air. May you rest in peace.
Throughout the day many of the bands held meet and greets including Adelita’s Way and Puddle Of Mudd. It was great to see the inter-action between fans and bands. This festival is all about the music. The rock stars left their attitudes at the door and chatted with the fans and showed their appreciation.
The event was blessed by the weather this year as the sun finally broke through the crowds with temperatures in the 80′s. Finally, the Kicker Stage music was over and now it was time to enjoy the Monster Stage. The floor began to fill up to capacity for The Deftones. I spoke with many fans who were eager to see the band. The Deftones took full advantage of the set premiering many new songs from their latest release Diamond Eyes. They are definitely one of the best punk rock bands around; true pioneers.
One of the most promising acts on the Monster Stage was Rise Against. I never heard of them before and really enjoy their high-energy set. The award for most promising act on the Monster Stage would have to go to Three Days Grace. This is a band that you associate all their hits on the radio when you hear them they play live and you go “I know that song.” This was my first time seeing this Canadian band perform live and I have to say I was very impressed by Adam Gontier vocals. Sporting a black hat, Adam and company delivered a set that was powerful and poignant. Adam is the master of love gone wrong songs. I highly enjoyed the “I Hate Everything About You.”
Boston’s Godsmack was the headliner on the Monster Stage and did Boston Proud. Sully Erna took full control of the Mid-western crowd and showed them how we rock in Boston. Their set list included
Godsmack Set List:
Straight Out of Line
War and Peace
Cryin’ Like a Bitch
Batalla de los Tambores
Spotted in the audience, was Jackass star Jason Acuna. Actually, he was sitting in back of me with a beret of beauties on his lap. The announcer of the show commented that this years show broke all attendance records. Rock On The Range 2010 proved to be a haven for rock fans to unite and enjoy some of the best cutting edge bands in music today. It was a time to make new friends, spend time with old friends, and celebrate the exciting new wave of music today.
Special Thanks to the great staff of MSO for letting Hardrock Haven cover Rock On The Range 2010. Be sure to check out Rock On The Range interviews with Puddle Of Mudd, Sevendust, Richy Nix, and coming soon Adelita’s Way and Apocalyptica.
Rock On The Range May 22 Line-up:
Drowning Pool 1:40
Puddle of Mudd 2:55
Papa Roach 4:15
Rise Against 7:05
Three Days Grace 8:51
Richy Nix 12:00
Violent Soho 1:05
Adelita’s Way 2:20
Killswitch Engage 6:20
Like A Storm 12:00
Taddy Porter 1:05
Non Point 3:40
May 15, 2010 at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO.
by John Kindred & Shawna McHenry
Rockfest always is advertised as a festival that keeps the average fan from shelling out wads of money. The organizers, radio station 98.9 The Rock and AEG Live, provide a days’ worth of entertainment with fairly low-cost ticket prices, food and drink prices capped at a maximum of $5 per item and readily available free water.
This year, thunder and rain marked the festival most of the day. Fans made the best of it, enjoying the music despite the lack of sun. This certainly was the one of the coldest and wettest Rockfests to date. Concertgoers have billed the day as “Mudfest 2010” on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Some imaginative fans created a mudslide, and concertgoers who took the journey down the water-soaked hill encased themselves in mud.
Two stages provided the day’s musical entertainment. Fifteen bands followed a predefined rotation that kept the music rumbling throughout the afternoon and well into the evening, which was topped off by fireworks. With this year’s headliner being Godsmack, fans truly were able to embrace some of the day’s popular hard rock and metal bands.
The second stage, sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, was given more attention to make it bigger and better than previous years. The raising of the stage by several additional feet provided crowds a better viewing of the bands. Apparently, this sparked the second stage bands to take their live performances to the next level. The highlight of the day included Airbourne’s front man, Joel O’Keefffe, climbing 20 feet up the stage scaffolding for an old-school guitar solo. Their energy and classic hard rock sound got fans out of the dreary day’s slump and back into a rock festival mood.
The spirited festival event continues to bring an economic boost to the Kansas City area, if only just for a day. The festival also caters to a younger crowd, which maybe wouldn’t have had the income to drop on a more expensive event. However, long lines for frequent food and beverage runs continued to empty wallets. And hanging out with a bone-crushing crowd of 55,000 definitely leads to claustrophobia. In the end, promoters and fans find Rockfest a win/win event.
Main Stage Monster Energy Stage
1:30 – Halestorm
2:40 – Rev Theory
3:50 – Drowning Pool
5:00 – Papa Roach
6:30 – Seether
8:00 – Three Days Grace
9:30 – Godsmack
Monster Energy Stage
12:00 – Taddy Porter
1:00 – Shaman’s Harvest
2:10 – Adelitas Way
3:20 – Burn Halo
4:30 – The Veer Union
6:00 – Janus
7:30 – Airbourne
9:00 – Five Finger Death Punch
Kansas City Rockfest Photo Gallery
by Ken Mac Vicar
Las Vegas based rockers Adelita’s Way debut album has a little something for classic and modern rock fans alike, they tend to combine best elements of the two genres without alienating either. Produced by the Grammy-nominated Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down), it is filled with both hard, edgy modern rock anthems and slower ballads that should earn some serious airplay on Top 40. Adelita’s Way, whose name supposedly comes from an unplanned visit to a Tijuana brothel, spent most of the summer on tour with Saliva and will head out with Shinedown this fall. This should definitely propel to the ban to another level as it will put them in front of what would appear to be their core audience,
The band is fronted by singer Rick DeJesus, an East coast native who moved to Las Vegas where he met up with lead guitarist Chris Iorio, guitarist Keith Wallen, drummer Trevor Stafford and bassist Derek Johnston. The band honed their act while opening for artists like Chris Cornell, Hinder and Tantric, and eventually signed with Virgin. The debut album is highlighted by the bluesy style of teenage wonder kid Iorio and the shotgun-like drums of Stafford. The band’s sound is rounded out by the excellent rhythm tandem of Johnston on bass and rhythm guitarist Wallen. The band combines a combination of indie, hardcore and classic rock influences to create their own distinctive sound.
Their self titled debut opens with the single “Invincible” a fast paced modern rocker that introduces the band in fine style. The tune opens with a subdued vocal over a driving riff that explodes into a melodic hard chorus. The track is highlighted by the outstanding work of the band’s rhythm’s section and has a Foo Fighters vibe that’s infectious. “Scream” opens with a great metal riff that slows down into groove filled start and stop rhythm. The gruff vocals bridge into a surprising melodic chorus that has all the makings of a hit. A bit surprising that they didn’t choose this track as the first single from the album.
As the title suggests, “Dirty Little Thing” is pure sleaze, opening with a distorted vocal effect before ripping into a killer riff. The rhythm section lays down a down and dirty groove providing the mood for DeJesus’ raunchy vocals, building into an excellent sing along chorus. It’s another great track and another potential single, though the lyrical content, while somewhat subtle, probably won’t play on radio.
“Last Stand” begins with an almost LifeHouse like riff that quickly builds into a modern power ballad in the best tradition of Nickelback and Three Doors Down. While it lacks some of the hard edge that separates Adelita’s Way from the rest of the modern rock crowd, it should definitely play at top 40 radio given the opportunity. The band continues n the radio friendly mode for “Hate Love,” an up tempo tune driven by the band’s outstanding rhythm section. This is power pop at its best driven along by Dejesus’s excellent vocals and some well timed guitar riffs that keep the song interesting.
The band kicks the energy back up on “So what if you Go,” built on another bluesy riff from Chris Iorio and the gut punching effect of Stafford’s drum. The guitar work punches nicely through the verse before slipping into the background for most of the chorus, but it’s followed up followed by a killer solo and instrumental break.
The ballad “Closer to You” follows, opening with a moody piano intro before spiraling into a big sing along. Though the band’s performance is solid, this is one of the weaker tracks of the album, not being up to par of the other slower songs. It’s followed by the much more interesting and much harder edged “Just A Little Bit’ The track is highlighted by a great driving guitar riff and killer groove by the rhythm section, think “Slither” by Velvet Revolver with a better vocal. Dejesus vocal and lyrical approach matches the feel of the music perfectly. It’s an excellent track with another killer break, and shows Adelita’s Way is at their best when they are down and dirty.
“All Falls Down” opens with some beautiful classical inspired guitar work over an extremely subdued vocal. The slower approach works much better on this track due to the mood that’s created by the acoustic guitar and complimentary bass line. It would be simplistic to classify this as a power ballad as the lower vocal range approach in the chorus makes it sound fresh while the lyrics are intelligent and introspective. The band lays down a serous groove on “My Derailment”, a crunchy up temp rocker with serious attitude. The band steam rolls into the chorus ala Greenday before breaking into a post chorus guitar riot that highlights the song.
At five minutes and four seconds, “Brother” is the longest song on the album and opens with an almost country honky- tonk piano feel. It contains some excellent storytelling, a bit of departure form the rest of the lyrical content of the album and is a nice change. The melody falls somewhere between “So You Had a bad Day” and ‘Something to Believe in,” and that’s not a backhanded compliment or insult.. The outro solo will definitely evoke memories of that Posion classic, yet the song still manages to sound like their own due to the excellent performance.
Bottom Line: An excellent modern hard rock band with great pop sensibilities.
3) Dirty Little Thing
4) Last Stand
5) Hate Love
6) So What If You go
7) Closer To You
8 Just A little Bit
9) All Falls Down
10) My Derailment
HRH Rating: 9/10