3D IN YOUR FACE
Released December 6, 2013 (3D In Your Face)
01. Forbidden City
02. Generation Durt
03. In Your Face
04. Midnight Devils
05. Always Brings Me Back
06. Sleeping In Omaha
07. Bleed Betty Bleed
08. Underneath The Stairs
09. Time We Had Our Fun
10. Radar Guided Love Bomb
11. Squeeze Me Dry
12. I Still Believe In Rock N Roll
Alan ‘Hot Rod’ King – vocals
Chris ‘Sniper’ Hineline – guitar
Sam ‘Spade’ Morris – bass
Jeremy ‘The Playboy’ Deans – drums
Omaha, Nebraska’s own 3D In Your Face are a genuine nostalgic trip down memory lane. From the guitar sound to the drums, to the bass, vocals, and even the back-up vocals, this band delivers. There is no reason why they couldn’t have been on a bill back in the ’80s along with Ratt, L.A. Guns, and Dokken — in fact, the guitar sound is reminiscent of George Lynch‘s on the Back For The Attack album.
Formed in 1999, 3D In Your Face have had a long time to perfect their craft. Once they took over Omaha, they hit the road to get in the face of everyone they possibly could — from coast to coast, border to border. They have released three independent albums, and their current one, Midnight Devils, is ready to chart if you ask me. This band is very talented, because you have to be in order to pull off something like this. Lots of people like to poke fun at the hair bands that came from that era, but I can think of no era that produced as many guitar Gods and great singers. From the heavy driving licks of “Forbidden City” to the power ballad “Your Face Always Brings Me Back”, you won’t feel short changed at all. There is more talent on this one album than there is on all of the bands featured on commercial radio these days.
In addition to the stellar musicianship on Midnight Devils, you also get the lyrical content that defined the ’80s — sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll! It’s a party, and everyone is invited. 3D In Your Face bill themselves as the #1 ’80s hair metal tribute band, and if you go see one of their shows you’ll understand why. Just in researching them, and hearing them, I feel like I stepped into a time machine and was transported back when spandex and makeup ruled the land, and the ozone layer was in jeopardy due to the large amounts of hairspray used by the bands.
There are several anthems on the album, all of which could be used to open or close a show, but the last track “I Still Believe In Rock N Roll” is the finale… the encore. The song the band plays to end the show after the lights go down, and they leave the stage then come back to thunderous applause, along with (I hope) boobie flashing!
3D In Your Face needs to be grabbed by a record label. With all the ’80s bands making resurgence albums that are selling, it would be great to see the genuine act out there on the road as much as possible. The more bands like this that come out and get signed means the more the idiot radio stations will have to take notice — same with the larger record labels. We are sick of this corporate meat grinding pop that saturates the airwaves, and we are sick of being told that a majority of the people out there like that garbage. It’s time to take it back, and send the message that we aren’t going to take it anymore and that we still believe in rock and roll. So, buy this album, and sell out their shows when they come to your area.
www.3dinyourface.com – www.facebook.com/3dinyourfaceband
Reviewed by William Telltale for Sleaze Roxx, February 2014