Released 2008 (44 Caliber)
02. Point Of View
04. All Those Wasted Years
C.C. – vocals
Chris – guitars
Nikke – bass
Flodiz – drums
Produced by William Blackmon and 44 Caliber.
The endless wave of new Swedish sleaze-bands crashing down on us listeners never seems to let us catch our breath. But hell yeah, as long as it rocks that’s just what this world needs isn’t it?
When I heard ‘Armageddon’ for the first time, which was recorded in only four days and is the opening track of 44 Caliber‘s demo release, I had a wide grin on my face. This song is an up-tempo bastard that falls somewhere between Slave To The Grind era Skid Row and Guns N’ Roses‘ Appetite For Destruction and by the second listen you can’t help but sing along. ‘Point Of View’ is a heavy stomper which reminds me a bit of Hardcore Superstar with a hint of Metallica‘s ‘black album’ while ‘Fake’ is pretty much in the same vein and wouldn’t have been completely out of place on Crashdiet‘s The Unattractive Revolution.
Saying that, I really hope vocalist C.C. stays in the band, as I could see and hear him as an ideal replacement to Crashdiet‘s Olliver Twisted. He’s got a great voice for this style of music and he can sing ballads as well, which he shows on ‘Dreams’. It is a typical power-ballad in the long tradition of Hanoi Rocks, Guns N’ Roses, etc. and is definitely yet another winner on this demo. The remaining track, ‘All Those Wasted Years’ once again brings Crashdiet to mind with some very nice riffs and a fistful of attitude the way it is meant to be. The funny thing is that everytime the verse kicks in I think it’s Judas Priest ‘Metal Gods’ coming up, but soon enough we are back in the sleazy territory.
44 Caliber are on the way to something very big if they are going to continue like this. The band has only been together since late 2007 and it appears they are going to record some new tracks in November, which in my eyes should get them a record deal without any problems. Sure, there could be a few improvements in the mixing, but that’s no big deal at all and something Chris Laney (which in my opinion would be the perfect choice as a producer) could fix in an instant.
This five song demo gets all thumbs up and is recommended for any fan of Crashdiet!
Reviewed by Vige for Sleaze Roxx, October 2008.
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