TRUCKER DIABLO (The Devil Rhythm) CD
Before I heard a single note from 'The Devil Rhythm', I had prejudices against this Northern Irish band. This is principally due to the band name as well as the album title. I'm just extremely bored by all this devilish clichÃ©s in rock and I'm really surprised that TRUCKER DIABLO didn't use the worn out '666' somewhere. Well, a wise man once said, you can't judge a book by its cover. Moreover, 'The Devil Rhythm' has been re-released by Ripple Music, which is one of my favorite hard/classic rock label. So I was hoping that I was wrong, and put the disc into my player.
Unfortunately, everything changed for the worse after a few minutes. Here, we have some sort of obtrusive party hard rock, and silly song titles such as 'Drink Beer, Destroy' speak volumes. I am reminded of the German band Motorjesus, which are also under the compulsion of providing each song with a chorus that is made for large stadiums. In my mind I immediately see TRUCKER DIABLO's vocalist/guitarist Tom Harte how he encourages the audience to sing along. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Moreover, 'The Devil Rhythm' is pretty generic. Every song is suitable for public broadcast and there's practically no depth. Everything remains flat and lacks emotion. With a song like 'Juggernaut', it seems as if they want to convince fans of Black Label Society and Nickelback.
Speaking of Nickelback, I can well imagine how their fans describe TRUCKER DIABLO with words like "high-octane rock 'n' roll machine", but only because they have never heard a real high-octane rock 'n' roll machine. Additionally, the production is overblown and too slick for my taste. It's obvious they're going for quick mass appeal and that's an attitude I wholeheartedly despise. Bottom line: This is about as mindlessly commercial as it gets. Please save your money for a really great release from Ripple Music as for example Stone Axe, Mighty High, Modern Day Moonshine or Poobah.