Voodoo Vegas – Hypnotise EP

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A rock ‘n’ roll holler to reinforce their growing reputation as one energy rousing proposition, UK stompers Voodoo Vegas release the Hypnotise EP offering four songs that bellow and tenaciously stomp through ears from start to finish. Instantly it is a thickly enjoyable encounter which just hits the spot time and time again to give body and satisfaction a very healthy workout.

The successor to their well-received 2013 debut album The Rise Of Jimmy Silver, the Hypnotise EP is a potent build on its success and introduction to those new to the Voodoo Vegas roar. There are no major surprises unearthed by band and encounter but with the accomplished craft and open imagination of the band coursing songwriting and sound, the EP is more than just a solid proposition to support their rich live stature earned over the past couple of years or so. 2014 saw the quintet play a special guest slot for Status Quo in Holland, share the stage with Y&T on their UK/European Tour, and play a host of their own shows across the UK and Europe, as well as play a host of festivals. This year Voodoo Vegas played an acclaimed performance at the Camden Rocks Festival 2015 amongst many shows and with producer Will Maya (The Answer, Breed 77) record Hypnotise. It has been a busy time for the band east to expect being matched as their EP does the rounds tempting fans and newcomers alike.

VV2-cover-flattened_RingMaster Review   Hypnotise opens with its title track, swiftly creating a blaze of tangy grooves around antagonistic riffs and spiky rhythms driven by the strong vocals of Lawrence Case. Almost as quickly the song slips into a less imposing but no less magnetic stroll around an early entering chorus, undulating its intensity and attitude thereon in with fluid and pleasing prowess. The guitars of Merylina Hamilton and Jon Dawson provide a constant web of enterprise throughout the song which keeps ears happily fed whilst the bass of Ash Moulton brings its own throatily seductive groove.

It is a potent start with numerous rewards for the appetite and imagination to get hold of but soon eclipsed by its successor, Tied Up. From its first breath as a blaze of guitar, the track strolls with a predatory nature and tone, entwining it with fiery and feisty endeavour from across the band whipped up into extra zeal by the rapier swings of drummer Jonno Smyth. Hard and glam rock ‘n’ roll but with plenty more essences boiling in its belly, the song is a perpetually magnetic captivation with a simultaneous snarl and creative glint in the eye.

From one highlight to another in the blues seeded shape of Round & Round, a swagger of a stomp that just gets stronger and more inventive with each passing minute and rewarding listen. The harmonica skills of Case bring new intoxication to the song around midway, though bass and guitars had already whipped up a greedy lick of the lips for their devilish imagination by that point anyway.

The two songs offer the peak of the release but closing track Killing Joke has plenty in sound and anthemic imagination within its more intimidating canter to leave ears and pleasure ripe. As throughout Hypnotise hooks and grooves are forcibly appealing, being perfectly backed by feisty riffs as vocals alongside rhythms expose the pungent heart in a fine end to the EP.

As suggested, the Hypnotise EP is open in its inspirations, most likely Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and AC/DC amongst them, and does not venture into the unknown but for thick invigorating rock ‘n roll it, and Voodoo Vegas, leave no one wanting.

The Hypnotise EP is out now on iTunes

Upcoming Live Shows:

23rd Oct – WESTBURY, UK – Charlies Bar

24th Oct – EVESHAM, UK – Iron Road

21st Nov – BOURNEMOUTH, UK – The Cellar Bar

28th Nov – POOLE, UK – Mr Kyps

12th Dec – IPSWICH, UK – The Music Room (with Gilby Clarke)

13th Dec – LONDON, UK – The Underworld (with Gilby Clarke)

14th Dec – BILSTON, UK – The Robin (with Gilby Clarke)

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Pete RingMaster 14/10/2015

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Hotel Diablo: The Return To Psycho, California

With a deliciously evocative name, Hotel Diablo still had a little work ahead to inspire as much enthusiasm with their music as their style in hard rock is not a flavour which generally lights too many fierce fires of anticipation within our personal preferences. The Californian quartet though had little problem in leaving a satisfied and enthused listener in the wake of their debut album The Return To Psycho, California, a fine release of melodic and muscular rock n roll. As said the band has a sound rooted in hard and melodic rock but there is a strong and impressive metal pulse which results in a meaty and formidable release, even the slower more reserved songs having a steel to capture as much imagination as the well crafted melodic breath. The album admittedly does not wear away existing boundaries to set new parameters or sounds for rock but it certainly brings a fresh and feisty appealing presence to the genre which is impossible not to reap plenty of pleasure from.

The band formed in 2011 when vocalist Rick Stitch and guitarist Alex Grossi returned home from a world tour with Adler’s Appetite, the band of original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler. Departing the band the pair set about looking for a fresh project to get their teeth into and when they played a one off show with bassist Mike Duda and drummer Mike Dupke (the rhythm section of W.A.S.P.) the unmistakable chemistry and excitement generated led the four to writing songs and the formation of Hotel Diablo. Entering the studio with Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Rockstar Supernova) as producer, the band unleashed a collection of dark true stories experienced by the artists, twisting them into compulsive and captivating songs which make up the album. With further production by underground LA producer Matt Starr, The Return To Psycho, California taps into the Hollywood shadows with incisive skill and magnetic energy making for an album to thrill and get the blood pumping faster whilst treating the ear to enterprising rock n roll.

Released via Scarlet Records, the album rampages with mischief from the off with opener Taken. The song grinds at the ear with tight riffs within seconds with hard rapping rhythms forcing the issue further. The growl of the track is constant; continually gnawing away at the senses whilst the great melodic tones of Stitch coaxes deeper attention and the guitar play of Grossi leaves sizzling spires of sonics through the air. The persistent groove of the song is addictive and offers a good bite to the smoother flowing harmonies and energy. It is a catchy yet riotous start which sets the rest of the album up perfectly.

The following All These Years and What You Do To Me are less forceful but still retain an intimidating snarl through the excellent bass of Duda. They are easy on the ear melodic weaves which only impress with the again sharp and slightly acidic melodic play of the guitar and impossible not to admire vocals. Though neither triggers deep passions as the first they only leave one relishing hearing more.

The heart of the album begins with Psycho California, a tasty brew of wicked intent, chopping riffs, and anthemic energies and vocals. From this point things on the album explode with even greater quality and triumph. Twisting one around its teasing grooved finger the song is an infectious surge of acutely styled yet rampant rock music. Bury You goes even better, its slow intense first breath expanding into a stunning wave of passion and shadowed emotive caresses. With more than a whisper of Soundgarden to it, the track is easily the best on the album and one of the best songs heard this year anywhere. The melodies sizzle on the senses whilst the rhythms insistently jab to add extra energy to the drive of the song.  The lead song on the release, it alone will ensure mass attention the way of the album and band.

Songs like the stirring Set It Off and the impassioned Wicked Lines continue the great imagination and sounds leaving one fully engrossed in the release. There is the inclusion of a cover of Wonderwall which we will swiftly skate over, not because the track is poor in any way but just because personally Oasis and that song are like aural lime upon the senses, and no band could make it sound passable for these ears.

Ending with enjoyable alternative versions of What You Do To Me and Bury You, the album is a thoroughly satisfying release to spend plenty of rewarding time with, and Hotel Diablo a band one wants to hear so much more form.

www.thehoteldiablo.com

Ringmaster 24/09/2012

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