|CD REVIEW NitroVille|
Band : NitroVille
A not-too-flattering short review of this album by colleague Cosmicmasseur (aka Peter Brems) was already posted on February 9 of this year (then re-posted ten days later with the cover of the album added)...an while I will definitely join him in his end comments, I feel he went over the review a tad too swiftly.
He could've, for instance, told you that the London based band was founded during Summer 2010 by singer Tola Lamont and guitarist Kurt-Michael Boeck, with the intent to write and play straight-forward Blues-driven Hard Rock with Southern influences. They were joined by Danish bassist Fussi Andersen and hard Rock drummer Dan Warren, but the latter was replaced by Cyro Zuzi pretty swiftly. Six months into their existence, the band hired prominent producer Marc Waterman (known from associations with the likes of Ride and Smashing Pumpkins to name but a few) to record their 11-track debut album at their hometown's Fortress Studios (used in the past by such as Biffy Clyro, Nickleback, and Therapy, among others), inviting friends Gloria Alcozer (Native American chant on the song “Dust Devil”) and Matty Dorbes (additional Telecaster guitar on “Twist In The Chain”) as featured guest musicians. The album, which has at the time of writing been out for 9 months, has already enjoyed airplay on radio stations in the UK, North America, Brazil, and throughout Europe.
And that is not so surprising, as each and every set of three songs on the album is quite enjoyable! Tola is a true Power Singer, and she's already been compared to Lynyrd Skynyrd backing singer Dale Krantz by one, and to Heart's Ann Wilson by another journalist (Ville of Blues Pure Southern Rock and Glenn Milligan of Metalliville respectively. The problem with this band, as my colleague already stated, is that stylistically Boeck is somewhat restricted. He is, in fact, an ideal rhythm guitarist with a very nice somewhat swirling style played mostly on vintage Les Paul Gibson guitars, suited perfectly for the Southern Rock idiom, and a dream partner for a lead guitarist...but the lead guitarist is what is missing here altogether. You'll love to listen to the songs posted at (www.) nitroville.com separately but, again confirming my colleague's end conclusion, you'll probably get bored before you get through all 7 of them.