The New Czars - 'Doomsday Revolution' (Samson Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 06:00

newczarsImagine if Velvet Revolver were as good and as cool as they think they are, then add a bit of Trent Reznor mixing it up? That's just the opening track 'Keep On Goin'!!! That must surely get you interested??

The New Czars are mainly the brainchild of Greg Hampton, producer of Alice Cooper and Lita Ford amongst others and backed by seasoned pros Paul Ill and David 'Chilli' Moreno and with guitars from guest Adrian Belew (King Crimson) on nine tracks. This is as solid a debut as you'll hear for a long long time. All 16 tracks are of a quality that you rarely hear on a debut album, especially when you consider they're really mixing it up with industrial, metal, melodic rock and, to a lesser extent, a bit of pop rock and prog thrown in for good measure. If you think it sounds a bit of a mish mash of styles, you'd be right but they not only make it work but they excel at all of it and, god knows how, but it flows too.

'Confessions' and 'Desperate' keep up the hard edge VR style and 'Why Do You Have 2 Lie' slows it down to and stays in Weiland territory while a few tracks later you're getting a rog rock out with 'Abstract Prague'. 'Only Dreaming' is exactly how a song of that title should sound and 'Had 2 Do It' is a bluesy funk piece that shows this band have no musical boundaries. Follow that up with 'Funky Detour' with its nod to NIN and you get the gist that this album could have been a mess.
If anybody told you to listen to an album that combined so many genres, you'd be cautious but it'd be a shame if this album floundered in the wind because of its eclectic appeal. I'm guessing that if it had slightly 'bigger' names behind it, it would get a massive media push like BCC but if you love ANY type of rock music, this is 100% worth a listen.
You may just be surprised?