PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION
Released February 27, 2012 (Spinefarm Records)
01. No Friendly Neighbour
02. No Place Like Home
03. I See Lights
04. Bright As A Fire
05. Savage World
06. Tortured Tone
07. White Sheet Robes
08. As Tears Come Falling From The Sky
09. Awoken Broken
10. Search For Bliss
11. Snake Ladders
12. Mirror And The Moon
Japanese Bonus Tracks:
Mikee Goodman – vocals
Adrian Smith – guitar, bass and vocals
Dan Foord – drums
Abi Fry – viola
Tarin Kerry – background vocals
Produced by Mikee Goodman and Adrian Smith. Mixed by Simon Hanhart.
Primal Rock Rebellion is the latest project by guitarist Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and vocalist Mikee Goodman of SikTh — and their debut album is entitled Awoken Broken. Before you ask, this band is nothing like Iron Maiden, or even like anything that Smith has done before. Primal Rock Rebellion instead is a contemporary metal band, not nu-metal — just good hook heavy metal.
I’m not familiar with Mikee Goodman, or any of his previous work, so I was very pleasantly surprised by his great vocal range — he sure hits some high notes and has the ability to stop on a dime and shift gears to a gritty, ferocious vocal all within the same song! There are several examples of this throughout Awoken Broken. Primal Rock Rebellion culls influences from gothic rock, traditional metal, and groove metal, and somehow it all works brilliantly without sounding forced and contrived. Adrian Smith takes full advantage of this deserved opportunity to take complete control of all the guitar duties and he shines throughout — he doesn’t overindulge with his new found freedom, he simply plays just what the song requires and doesn’t partake in any ‘guitar wankery’.
The standout tracks on the Awoken Broken are, “No Friendly Neighbour”, the surging rocker that opens the album, “Bright As A Fire”, which showcases the vocal diversity of Goodman vividly, “No Place Like Home”, featuring the catchiest chorus of all the songs on the album, “I See Lights”, which enters White Zombie territory, and “Savage World”, a power-metal song by way of Mudvayne.
I don’t know how Adrian Smith and Mikee Goodman crossed paths, but the chemistry is there and makes them a tandem to be reckoned with. Who knows if Primal Rock Rebellion will get the opportunity to tour behind Awoken Broken, but if they don’t let’s hope they at least get a chance to make a handful of live appearances — it would be a travesty if they didn’t.
www.primalrockrebellion.com – www.facebook.com/PrimalRockRebellion – www.spinefarm.fi
Reviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx, April 2012