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On disc: De La Cruz

Street Level - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Street Level

Street Level
(Frontiers Records - 2013)

The Australian outfit is presenting their debut album with a dozen 80's hard rock tunes - some sleazy, some more polished.

They kick off with the title track Street Level, a melodic heavy rocker with a dash of 70's heavy rock - and a lot of 80's hard rock. At Girls Go Wild they remind me a lot of Skid Row... with a dash of Spread Eagle. At Cherry Bomb De La Cruz remind me of Alice Cooper at his Trash era... Actually singer Roxxi Catalano is stronger when he sings a bit deeper and not try to hit the high notes. Dreaming is a melodic rocker where the guitarists get the chance to shine, but once more it becomes obvious that Roxxi is the weakest part of the band. On the other hand he's handling the task quite good and there have been more than a few bands who's singers were just doing okay and which were successful. At Invincible Roxxi shows that he knows what he can do - but not every song is perfect for him. With Set The Night they offer another typical 80's hard rock tune.

De La Cruz bring back the 80's and if you like that sound, then you should check out the Aussies!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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