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Restless Breed

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  • Owing as much to 70’s Rock And Roll (Ted Nugent, Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynrd, Bad Company) as to early 80’s Metal (Judas Priest, Dio-era Black Sabbath) RESTLESS BREED captures a moment in time when the Riff was King, and almost every song had a strong hook. RESTLESS BREED continued the groundwork laid down by its predecessor, FIRE DOWN UNDER. “Hard Lovin Man,” and “Loved By You” are two catchy, but Heavy, melody-driven songs showcasing (then) new vocalist (the late) Rhett Forrester. Both songs became staples of their live set, and it’s easy to hear why. Forrester was an incredibly powerful vocalist who could both sing and “scream” effectively. “C.I.A.” is an uptempo song with a driving beat and a nasty attitude, and “Loanshark” is actually a precursor to Thrash Metal with its frantic verse (which gives way to a very memorable chorus hook). The title track could also be called the precursor to the Power Ballad, although it is Heavier, and much less contrived than the power ballads of the late 80’s. It actually has a bit of a Southern feel to it, kind of like Lynyrd Skynrd (“Freebird”) on steroids. The rest of the album is filled out with strong songs such as “Over To You” (catchy, straight-ahead Rock And Roll), “Violent Crimes” (heavy in a late 70’s Judas Priest kind of way), and “Showdown” (another proto-Power Ballad). The production is RAW, but in a good way – it keeps the catchier songs from straying into Foreigner territory, and the performances are all energetic with a lot of “feeling.” If you want something that has a lot of raw power and energy, while maintaining a sense of melody, then RESTLESS BREED is exactly what you’re looking for. (And if you do buy this, both FIRE DOWN UNDER and BORN IN AMERICA are also highly recommended!)

    Posted on December 10, 2009