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FEEL NEVER REAL ROCK REBEL GOLD REVIEW 2014

 

FEEL NEVER REAL - ROCK REBEL GOLD

PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT

APRIL 15 2014

 

 

There’s a real Southern Hard Rock collides with Soundgarden vibe that comes streaming off this one from the first huge riff of ‘New Rebel’.  But initial impressions change fast as the rollicking’ rolling ‘Trailer Park Princess’ takes us into tripper funkier groovier territory, like a swing version of STP and then some. One thing is sure almost straight off the bat - these guys aren’t afraid to mix it up and to be honest that’s one of the biggest draws here – songs that are just great rock and roll and with Hard Rock bite, and a heap of emotion and attitude. It’s a compelling mix.

 

‘Low Class’ brings the Shinedown with a great smash and grab of a song that intensifies that Southern feel; and we love the groove to ‘Someone’s Gotta Go’ with its initial country rock vibe, Billy Squier like drum groove and redneck swagger. It’s the sort of song that reveals the depth of this band before ‘Friday Night on Stardust’ blows the lid off. It’s a huge muscular song that demands to be heard.

 

The rest of the album has some great twists and turns too and being so eclectic keeps it so vital, unpredictable and interesting.

 

Closing the album ‘Hard Times Made Us’ is another real standout with huge melodies and a mile deep groove that cuts the harsh opening and heals it before your eyes before the guitars open up again. ‘Back in the Day’ that follows is fresher and lighter with delicate vocals that directly contrast with the growls of closer ‘I Can’t Live’ which is pure Metalcore in intent but with nicely subdued harmonies rather than soaring ones just to keep you on your toes. It’s so cool.

 


These Texans know how to Rock and Roll, and if more bands were able to capture the soul of music the way Feel Never Real does, our musical lives would be all the richer. 

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

FEEL NEVER REAL ROCK REBEL GOLD REVIEW 2014