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Light ‘Em Up – Ratrod

Light 'Em UpPhiladelphia rockers “Ratrod” have dropped their scorcher of an album “Light ‘Em Up” and are looking to melt faces. Featuring a very grass roots style of rock ranging from the Aussie yarl of AC/DC to the smooth delivery of Grand Funk Railroad and John Cougar….I think it’s needless to say it’s time to shut off WDVE and educate yourselves on some new rock n’ roll. With production that bears a live, on stage intensity and raw, yet crisp production…..it’s no wonder this band of Phili rockers are making waves and taking names.

If originality is what you are looking for, you may find some disappointment here, but that’s not to say “Light Em’ Up” isn’t worth your time. It becomes very evident early on that the album is a reminiscence of sounds and songs that shaped these musicians as a unit…and a tight one at that. The band blaze, croon, and stomp through the album at mid-paced speed dropping rocker after rocker unapologetically. It’s inevitable that the band are going to escape the reference of AC/DC within the vocals and rythmn section especially, but if the shoe fits….lace that bad boy up and hit the ground running. The vocals alone are enough to even make Brian Johnson blush. As mentioned before the guitars broaden the spectrum a little further with its barrage of classic/grass roots riffage and stellar guitar leads that are littered throughout the album.

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Black Ridge – A Good Time To Go

Feeling like taking a shot of nostalgia based with a good dose of the blues? Pittsburgh rock group “Black Ridge” have recently dropped their newest batch of tunes aptly titled “Good Time To Go”.

“Good Time to Go” serves as a pseudo-retro rock record of sorts. Crisp, clean production with just enough grit to drive the emotion home help cement the impact of this album. The band does a great job of paying tribute to their influences while still adding a fresh take to their style, ranging from classic rock to the blues and even hints of jazz and lounge in places.

Stand out cuts include “Walk Out the Door”, “New Day”, and closer “Nothing at All”. In “Walk Out the Door” we see the band at the their rowdiest with a classic rock/Foo Fighters infused rocker. Great blues and alternative rock riffs lead the parade with a powerhouse of a vocal performance. “New Day” we see the band strip the track down to bare bones in a timid emotional atmosphere. Slow and smooth saxophones lead the way as they cry the blues. In “Nothing at All” we see the band work their best to bring the album to close in an epic finale. With an emotional backdrop of instrumentals and possibly the strongest vocal performance on the album, prepare to have chills sent down your spine.