The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world







XFactor1 despite sounding like something from a bad UK rip-off of American Idol is a modern rock band you should be checking out. In ‘Famous Last Words’ they have produced an album of light and shade but most importantly passion. It’s rare these days I’ll play and album start to finish then hit replay but I found myself doing so here. They’ve definitely got something here.


‘Bring it on’ which opens the album, is a great indication of what XFactor1 is all about – modern rock with attitude and swagger, it’s a great start. ‘It’s My Life’ just builds on that to create an impressive opening salvo and great first impression.


Then just when you are settling in ‘Over and Out’ starts with gentle acoustic and sees the band peeling back the hard outer layer to reveal a softer side, there’s still the simmering passion there though that burns through some fine guitar.


The cover of Billy Squire’s ‘The Stroke’ is actually quite enjoyable, it’s one of those songs that is so iconic it’s hard to get past the original and that riff that years later spawned a thousand funk rock bands. This is the best cover of the song I’ve heard (better even than Bonfire’s version from many years ago).


Opening with the refrain ‘We are the 99’ ‘You Suck’ sounds like its going to be a commentary on the state of US politics.  Driven by bass and full of aggression and some great guitars.


‘Shadow of Desperation’ just plain rocks as does ‘Tragedy’ which I really like, old school metal full of emotion and anger.


Just when you think they’ve peaked ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ turns out to be one of my favourite cuts here with it’s ‘We must believe’ refrain driven along by a great guitar sound it’s a culmination of all of the veritable strengths of the individuals who make up the band.


‘Break You’ is modern rock, mid-tempo and searching and finding it’s groove fast. It’s the heaviest slab here, the growliest slab too, not that that should put you off.


The acoustic version of ‘Never’ is another look at the softer side of the band and in a similar vein ‘Miss me now’ which closes the album it’s a confident ballad, beautifully executed and up there with the best I’ve heard this year.






by Mark Diggins