CD REVIEW Driver   

Band : Driver   
Album title : Countdown
Label : Metal Heaven
Distributor : Rough Trade Benelux.
Release Date : 25/05/2012
Release : CD

Driver is a band that has had a long gestation to finally release their first album.  As a matter of fact the band was formed back in the late eighties out of the ashes of M.A.R.S.,  who released a five song cassette EP in 1990, which was highly acclaimed, but alas saw no follow up.  In 2008 finally the first Driver album ‘Sons Of Thunder’ was released, which contained new compositions, as well as newly recorded versions of the classic M.A.R.S. tracks.

Now we’re in 2012, and finally a second album is released.  On vocals none other than Rob Rock whose reputation needs no further explaining I think, since he’s performed in lots of bands like Impellitteri, Axel Rudi Pell, to name but a few.  Also in the band is one of the original members Reynold ‘Butch’ Carslon, who also played in Jag Panzer and Tribe After Tribe.

Also a member of the line-up is Roy Z on guitars, but who also handled the production.  With a good vocalist like Rob Rock it’s no wonder that this has come out as a rather nice album.  It’s melodious eighties rock, with some metal influences mixed in.  So if you’re into that kind of music this surely is something for you.

85/100

Erik Morren.