Trucker Diablo – Songs of Iron

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If The Devil Rhythm, the debut album from Northern Ireland rockers Trucker Diablo set your passions racing, than hold onto your gear sticks as the juggernaut has returned with second album Songs of Iron. Cut from the same template and loaded with the same high grade fuel of rock ‘n’ roll as its predecessor, the new fourteen track release burns another riveting expanse of intensive rubber on to the road The Devil Rhythm left ablaze for another irresistible contagious fury of rebellious rock.

Since forming in 2008, Trucker Diablo has been on an accelerated rise, the band consisting of four friends who united to unleash music they have a full passion for whilst employing experiences gained in the ranks of Joyrider and TILTED to full potency, making deep lingering marks by the day. It was not long after starting that the band was reaping acclaim and support with their live performances, the likes of Ricky Warwick, Ginger Wildheart, Joe Elliot, Damon Johnson, and Cormac Neeson endorsing their rising presence. Supporting and playing alongside bands such as Foo Fighters, Terrorvision, Anthrax, and Thin Lizzy in shows and festival as well as their own intensive touring has only reinforced their stature with The Devil Rhythm marking another impressive statement in their ascent last year.

Released through Ripple Music, Songs of Iron explodes from its very first second never letting up through to its final sizzling lick of300energy. Red Light On opens up the brawl with heated riffs and concussive beats beckoning the ear around the snarling temptation offered with intimidating power by bassist Glenn Harrison. It is an immediate hook to the senses and lays an inviting canvas for the impressive vocals spread and shared between guitarists Tom Harte and Simon Haddock. Thumping rhythms and big boned riffs seize the air with strong craft and energy to taking the listener on a contagious and commanding ride, a charge which makes no demands but incites a full involvement with its muscular intent. With melodies and barbed hooks, not forgetting the scintillating solo, as striking as the rippling sinews framing them the song is a pleasing start soon surpassed by the excellent Year Of The Truck.

From the first note the song gnaws in the ear with savage rapacious hunger, the riffs iron clad and as intrusive as any Meshuggah or Mastodon could conjure and lying somewhere in between the two in voice, ensnaring the passions with intensive persuasion whilst the drums of Terry Crawford cage all with crisp and potent invention. It is again the bass growl of Harrison which seals the ardour in tight, one of the highlights of the last album just as riveting and viciously seductive this time around in nothing but impressive attributes offered by all members on  Songs of Iron. Virulently anthemic and catchy, the track launches an irresistible call on voice and limbs for a full involvement and contribution towards its gasoline burn up, though all the songs have that power in varying degrees.

The southern rock toned stance of passion and enterprise, The Rebel steps up next to leave further irresistible inducement working on the passions. Loud whispers of ZZ Top and Black Label Society add their rich vapours to the track and single from the release, a song which with ease accelerates the heart rate, and beyond safety levels one suspects such its epidemic call. It is a staggering start to the album which is continued now into the heart of the release through the likes of Drive, the outstanding Not So Superstar and its dirty brew of scorching rock ‘n’ roll, and the melodic hard rock honed The Streets Run Red, whilst others such as the muscle bruising Lie to Me and the emotive ballad Maybe You’re the One bring further variety and depth forward. Admittedly not all the tracks ignite the same heights of passion as others but there is never a moment where satisfaction is left half-filled or the stirring skill and invention of the band not openly there to be hailed.

Further especially enriching highlights come through the crushing Bulldozer, where again that bass rips the senses to tattered remnants of their former self aided by corrosively greedy riffs and rhythms whilst the anthem bearing chorus and group harmonies light a melodic fire to sear the wounds, When’s it Gonna Rain with its seriously chunky riffs and southern heat, and best track on the album Shame On You. The last of these three has a swagger which like it’s delicious grooves is an addiction of toxic suasion, its lure permanent and deeply entrenched in thought and heart by its end, the delicious addiction cast by devil spawn riffs and rabid rhythms wrapped in a sonic furnace.

Completed by the excellent I Want To Party With You, a song giving you exactly what it desires, Songs of Iron is an exceptional slab of rock ‘n’ roll, all songs mentioned and left for your discovery pure adrenaline raising pleasure. There is no boundary breaking going on here just riotous rampage within what is one of the most exhilarating albums this year so far, and that is more than good enough for us.

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9/10

RingMaster 14/05/2013

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Trucker Diablo: The Devil Rhythm

The album title might be The Devil Rhythm but whether the horned one could handle this juggernaut of a release from Irish rock band Trucker Diablo is very debateable. The release is an unrelenting brake off, throttle down, explosion of rock n roll. It twists, turns and writhes through every essential rock sound and ideal to emerge a fully accomplished and most of all a deeply exciting pulse racing slab of joy.

Trucker Diablo started laying down sizzling rubber from its formation in 2008, the band simply four friends coming together to make the music they loved. Of course the fact the members had already made a mark and gained strong experience with previous bands Joyrider and TILTED could only have gone to add something extra to their new band, an extra that helped grab local attention and acclaim immediately and soon further afield. The band also leap to the attention of the likes of Ricky Warwick (The Almighty/Thin Lizzy) who also features on one track on the album, and Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) to name two, with their infectiously catchy and robust rock sounds.  Now with the re-release of The Devil Rhythm through Ripple Music, the album initially a self release in 2010, there is an over powering air and belief that this is their time.

The quartet of guitarist/vocalists Tom Harte and Simon Haddock, bassist Glenn Harrison, and drummer Terry Crawford, create a strap it on and get down type of rock n roll, their sounds an irrepressible and potent thick mass of eager hungry riffs and courting seductive melodies all wrapped in to an infectious and captivating bundle of essential sound. As they march through the ear with arms open the songs are like long time buddies that you already know and love but each offering something new and stirring every time you welcome them in, the opening track Drink Beer, Destroy, an immediate evidence. The track waves from afar at first with an eager distant riff before driving and rumbling forward with a parade of powerful riffs and hearty forceful rhythms fuelled by an insatiable energy, and already The Devil Rhythm sounds like an album with the biggest enthused heart heard in a long time. With a delicious snarling bass line and guitars that whip one into a frenzy the song is sheer musical gold, a treasure one never wishes to leave alone.

Juggernaut continues the powerful onslaught with a fusion of thunderous riffs and vibrant melodic enterprise. Featuring Warwick, the song teases with more guzzling riffs and rumble strip shaking rhythms whilst the melodic sing-a-long chorus sweeps up all into appliance and in joining in. The song as with a lot of the album does not offer anything blindingly new but it is hard to think without a very long and probably fruitless deliberation of many bands that bring it on as brilliantly as Trucker Diablo.

Every song goes straight for the heart with little resistance before them. From the southern tinged Big Truck, through the punk rock flavoured Stand Up and Fight, on to the Buckcherry come eighties feeling Dirty Love, and the Seetherish sounding When Angels Die though that band has never sounded this mighty, songs never fail to engage fully and gloriously. Trucker Diablo is a hard rock band as a base but they add so much to send their sound up to heights and power most bands can only dream of. The key of course is that for all the power the band generates and energy they consume the ear with their craft and insightful use of melodies and textures is second to none and adds a depth to their music and songs like Rattlehead and Never Too Late To Sin (featuring Matt Fitzsimons) to name two more that sets them apart.

The Devil Rhythm is simply one of the most gratifying pleasures heard in a long time and proof that well written and enthusiastically driven rock n roll takes second place to nothing. Trucker Diablo will be massive, no question, it is just a matter of if it is this month or the next…

RingMaster 02/04/2012

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