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On disc: Hotel Diablo

The Return To Psycho, California - Lars Bjørn - 8 stars

The Return To Psycho, California

The Return To Psycho, California
(Scarlet Records - 2012)

It's experienced metal guys who met and decided to form a new band in 2011, Rick Stitch and Alex Grossi on one hand, and the two rhythm musicians Mike Dupke and Mike Duda, known from W.A.S.P. and soon the band Hotel Diablo was a reality. They go for the hard rock image, and with Alex Grossi on the guitar things are steering in a good and stable direction. What You Do To Me is a song with lots of personality, slow and metallic in appearance and one of the best songs to be found on the album. Bury You is also slow and soft but still hard driven and with a Guns'n Roses appeal about it. Wicked Lines has a sharp metal rhythm that goes perfectly to the attitude they want as their trademark, boogie and country music that is very well packed in metal quality, Wonderwall is another solid metal and soft ballad constructed in a sweet and very listenable unit, everyone could find joy in this kind of music. Last part of the album is different versions of the songs What You Do To Me and the song Bury You, where they lower the tempo a bit, but it's still very suitable for the character of the two songs.

8 stars

Lars Bjørn


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