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SALIVA RISE UP REVIEW 2014

 

SALIVA - RISE UP

RUM BUM RECORDS

APRIL 29 2014

 

 

They say that changing your vocalist is one of the hardest things for a band to do, I mean after all unless you have a Slash or a Ritchie Blackmore on board then it’s likely that the guy who sings rather than the drummer or the bassist will take the lion’s share of the limelight right?

 

Saliva sound like they’ve made the change seamlessly though on their 8th outing ‘Rise Up’; Indeed only being a casual Saliva listener I’d be prepared to say new boy Bobby Amaru is more than up to the task, and on ‘Rise Up’ as if inspired by the change, Saliva has produced one of their best to date.

 

Thankfully for fans the sound doesn’t stray too much from what has made Saliva so popular. There are still the huge dynamics – the big choruses and equally statuesque riffs. There’s nothing better than the anthemic title track ‘Rise Up’ that kicks things off.

 

If you like what you hear initially then try the gentle lilting ballad ‘Lost’ that builds into a real zippo-waving classic; or maybe ‘Closer’ a break-up song that was made for radio. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg here: try the cranked up ‘Redneck Freakshow’ which is a lot of sing-along fun; or maybe the hungry ‘Army’ which swaggers along on the back of a cool riff. This may be I guess what many would consider radio-friendly modern rock, but Saliva manages to add the attitude and the passion that few outside bands like Blackstone Cherry or Buckcherry can muster.   

 

This might just be the start of the most exciting chapter in the Saliva book yet. I still think they should do something with that band name though; it’ll never catch on…
   

 

by Mark Diggins

 

SALIVA RISE UP REVIEW 2014