On Top – Top Dollar

It might be valid to say that you pretty much know what you are going to get from US hard rockers On Top but just as truthful to say that you are equally guaranteed a thoroughly enjoyable and rousing time with the Philadelphia hailing trio. The proof of both comes across a trio of EPs, one stomping debut album, and is evidenced again in their new offering, Top Dollar. The EP is another body rocking, spirit lighting romp of eighties inspired rock ‘n’ roll with the band which maybe shares few major surprises but offers plenty of satisfying goodness.

Recorded with Joe DeLuca at Why Me Recording in Gibbsboro, NJ, Top Dollar also sees the first recorded outing of the band’s newest member in guitarist Ric Haas alongside vocalist/bassist Jaron Gulino and drummer Danny Piselli. Whether it is partly due to his individual style or natural evolution, there is a fresh almost raw edge to the band’s sound certainly in comparison to predecessor Topless. Opener Lovin’ The Devil quickly confirms that suggestion, its tone and air a fiery proposal driven with a new hungry urgency which instantly has the feet tapping and hips rocking. Haas quickly makes his mark as a melodic flame escapes his guitar, the moment a trigger for a heated escapade around the bracing swings of Piselli and vocal enticement of Gulino. Teasing with LA Guns meets Mötley Crüe like hues; the track is one fiercely enjoyable stomp.

The following Walk The Walk shows a bit more restraint in its attack as a Rage Against The Machine scented grooving and attitude swiftly hits the spot. Grooves again entice and rhythms snap, Gulino’s bass a prowling incitement within the sonic blaze as his vocals heartily roar. The anthemic prowess of the On Top writing and sound has never been subdued but is fully uncaged within the second track and in turn its successor Everything. The track is simply balls swinging, chest thumping rock ‘n’ roll; an almost punkish assault so unite one’s eager energies with.

The EP concludes with This Way, track which may not quite live up to the heights of its companions for personal tastes yet burns its persuasion into ears and thoughts with increasing potency by the second. Again the raw air the band has found enhances song and pleasure; a trait hopefully they will continue to pursue ahead especially as the final song shows it works so well with their instinctive creation of melodic enticement.

Once more On Top give us a rich dose of what they do best, unleash familiar but freshly designed rock ‘n’ roll, and once more the threesome leave ears drenched in pleasure.

Top Dollar is out now on Horror Pain Gore Death and available @ http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd154.html and https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/top-dollar

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On Top – Topless

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There is something about US rockers On Top and their rousing sound which just gets the energies boiling and body submitting to its anthemic roar. The Philadelphia trio do not bring anything outside of the box with their old school but fresh mix of heavy metal and hard rock, familiarity as potent an ingredient as adrenaline and passion, yet as with previous releases and especially the 2014 Top to Bottom EP, they just hit the right spot to incite thorough enjoyment. New release Topless sees them doing it once again with four tracks that simply riot in ears for an invigorating and fun time for all.

Consisting of band founder and vocalist/bassist Jaron Gulino, guitarist/backing vocalist Brian Davis, and drummer/ backing vocalist Danny Piselli, On Top once more stir up air and attention with their Chris Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob) mixed and mastered EP. Opener Lie to Me is an immediate involvement luring ears with an initial spicy groove swiftly joined by a throaty bassline, crisp beats, and the ever enticing tones of Gulino. The right shade of dirty with glam and blues rock colouring to its tenacious stride and persuasion, the track is the contagion we expect, carrying on where the Top to Bottom EP left off whilst offering a more rounded and skilfully woven bellow of sound.

On Top cover_RingMaster Review     A meatier tone and blues spawned tang soaks the following Crazy, the track instantly showing an imposing side to the On Top songwriting and sound, a predation led by the excellent snarl of Gulino’s bass. As its predecessor, there is still an easy infectiousness at work which proves impossible to resist but where the track really excels is in the raw almost psychotic shadows masked as rhythms and the increasingly virulent adventure spun by Davis’ nimble fingers upon strings.

Closing on an enslaving roar, the song makes way for the fiery tempest of 282 and a slab of the filthiest, attitude fuelled brawl of rock ‘n’ roll to come from the band to date. Bred with punk belligerence and aggression whilst evolving a fascinating tapestry of blues and melodic rock resourcefulness, the track virtually stalks ears and emotions as it pushes itself as the pinnacle of the release. It might be the dirtiest, antagonistic incitement from On Top so far in their career but it is also the best.

The EP closes with Got Me Runnin’ and another dynamic saunter of rich hooks and spicy grooves aligned to dark grouchy rhythms and vocal attitude. Arguably the most adventurous song on Topless with its melodic imagination in flirtation with progressive hues, it is still no slouch on infectious bait and dynamic endeavour.

Fair to say On Top provides something familiar and easily accessible with Topless. It will feed their fans expectations to fine effect whilst recruiting many more new appetites too. The band offers honest rock ‘n’ roll there to have a good time, which quite simply ensures the listener does too.

Topless is available from July 9th via Toil Records @ http://www.toilinc.com/#!music/c1x9v

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On Top – Top To Bottom

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The Top To Bottom EP is the return of US rockers On Top and it is fair to say that they are not only back in full riotous form but coming equipped with a tastier potent sound than ever before. Three years ago the band released their attention grabbing debut album Top Heavy, an acclaimed and thoroughly enjoyable release marking the hard rock scene’s cards. It was not an encounter which lit blazing fires in our personal hunger but certainly kept a keen appetite on standby. The new release is another matter which though it still does not push the Philadelphia trio into being an essential part of our heavy rock menu, is destined to become a regular aperitif.

Formed in 2008 by vocalist/bassist Jaron Gulino(ex-Trasher, BSOM, Capitalist Death Machine, and Midnite Hellion), On Top soon had a demo recorded with session musicians Brian Davis (guitar) and John Norcorss (drums), Another Night of Sleaze swiftly pleasing newly recruited fans. The band’s first official line-up followed soon after and saw the addition of drummer Danny Piselli (Fisthammer, ex-Vulcan, ex-Coffin Dust) into the personnel. The following year saw a line-up shift occur before the quartet recorded the self-titled six-track EP in 2010. Further line-up disruptions caused the band to take a brief hiatus before mid-2011 Gulino and Piselli returned with of guitarist Alex Kulick (ex-Striker) alongside. Top Heavy was uncaged in the November of that year via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, its release thrusting the band into a new spotlight as well as shows and tours which reinforced their energetic reputation on stage. Now with guitarist Brian Davis linking up with Gulino and Piselli, On Top come forth again to reveal a new maturity and endeavour to the songwriting and sound, as well as a stronger punk rock essence adding to the bands richer and captivatingly contagious bait.

Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob), Top To Bottom swaggers into focus on a deliciously toxic bassline, frontcovera wantonness right away teasing ears from No Shame which is taken up to greater effect by the fiery strides of guitars and crisp beats. Into full stride the song is instantly anthemic to which the Zack de la Rocha like tones of Gulino brings a raw and appealing antagonistic edge. Davis is just as swift in impressing with his sonic and melodic endeavour, riffs and grooves all rich in colour and creative energy, as are the swiping rhythms of Piselli and the continually grouchy bass of Gulino. The song is certainly not pushing into new fields for hard rock but undoubtedly giving it a new infection of energy and enterprise which hits the right spot.

The following Cold And Blue is equally a familiar but refreshing protagonist, riffs grazing with pleasing causticity and vocals bringing again a great punk rawness to the contagious presence of the song. A relaxation of energy mid-way loses some of the impetus of the track though it provides a strong canvas for the excellent bass and guitar hues to paint a captivating narrative before the song returns to its feisty and infectious stomp.

Don’t Go makes the best entrance of all the songs, once more the heavy dark resonance and growl of the bass enslaving ears as haunting crystalline scythes of guitar vigorously shimmer across the potent enticement. It is a mere breath though before grooves and melodic flames expel their imaginative fire across the enveloping dramatic landscape of punk and heavy metal with rich strains of blues rock. There is a beefier intensity and ferocity to the song than on the others, a hunger which does not lose any of the virulence drafted on its predecessors as it brings a predation to its attack which fully captivates as it takes best track moment.

The closing Bad Love is a thoughtfully and skilfully crafted offering but lacks something which pushed the previous songs to lofty heights. Certainly the guitar craft and rhythmic demands are as impressive and potent as ever and vocally Gulino takes no prisoners with his appealing delivery, but there is a spark missing. Nevertheless the song proves again the new invention and adventure of On Top is an impressive step forward and leads anticipation of their next full-length to make an appearance.

On Top is a band still moving towards fulfilling their potential but are certainly on course and the right lines as shown by the thoroughly enjoyable Top To Bottom.

The Top To Bottom EP is available via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions now!

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8/10

RingMaster 04/06/2014

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