Platinum Overdose: ‘Standing On The Edge of The Night’
STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT
Released on July 28, 2021 (The DDR Music Group)
It’s hard to believe that taking seven months to review an album (not my finest hour) means that the band in question has already released another record. That’s exactly what has happened with Platinum Overdose as the L.A rockers’ third studio album Standing On The Edge of The Night was released back on July 30, 2022 and less than seven months later, the band’s fourth studio album Covered In Leather dropped right out of the blue. Granted, Covered In Leather is mainly a covers album so likely easier to put together than a record of original material but nevertheless, you have to admire how prolific that Platinum Overdose have been since they first released their debut album Murder In High Heels back on August 30, 2019.
The reason why it took me seven months to review Platinum Overdose‘s third studio album Standing On The Edge of The Night is that it took me a little while to warm up to it. I was initially turned off by the intro track “No Rest For The Wicked” which is a short instrumental with some seemingly synth sounds at times. It just wasn’t what I wanted to hear as the build up to the real opening track on what would be the follow up album to the brilliant Back For The Thrill, which finished at #9 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2020. I especially didn’t understand the instrumental intro track given that the next one seemed perfect to open the album with a female voice stating “Welcome to Hollywood. You are now entering the City of Angels [motorcycle roar]. You have reached your final destination.” From then on, the second track “Rock N’ Roll Rodeo” launches with some cool guitar riffs that could have easily been found on what of those early Poison albums.
My issue with the album Standing On The Edge of The Night is that while the songs are expectedly crafted once again and will likely have you singing along in no time, I was hoping for something slightly heavier given that I have always had a penchant for the heavier sleaze type bands than the melodic rock type bands. With Standing On The Edge of The Night, Platinum Overdose seem to have softened their sound a little bit and I feel that they could have easily put up a slightly heavier twist to pretty much all of the songs on the record. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the songs but rather that I was hoping for something slightly heavier. In fact, if the tracks on Standing On The Edge of The Night were a little heavier, I think that I would have likely have had to seriously consider the album for the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2021. While I like all of the songs on Standing On The Edge of The Night, there are two standout tracks every time that I listen to it consisting of the energetic “Generation Fire” and the very melodic but very good “Scene of The Crime” which intro reminds me of Duran Duran of all things.
The more that I have listened to Platinum Overdose‘s third album Standing On The Edge of The Night, the more I seem to like it but it definitely took me some time to really get into it given the more melodic sounding tones compared to the band’s two prior albums. Overall, Standing On the Edge of The Night is a good album but my least favorite out of Platinum Overdose‘s first three records.
01. No Rest For The Wicked
02. Rock N’ Roll Rodeo
03. Generation Fire
04. Tonight Tonight
05. Not Far Away
07. Rebel Heart
08. Chain Me To Heaven
09. Scene of the Crime
10. Remember Forever
Steve Philbrook – lead vocals, background vocals
Lance V. – bass, background vocals
Rick Mead – lead guitars
Matt Thorr – rhythm guitars, background vocals
Glen W. – drums
Produced and mastered by Lance V.
Mixed by Matt Thorr
The DDR Music Group
Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, February 2022
Platinum Overdose‘s “Generation Fire” single:
Platinum Overdose‘s “Rock N’ Roll Rodeo” single: