I have never known a band to be more determined than Dead City Ruins. On their last UK tour they booked most of the dates whilst here and did it all off their own backs through countless emails and phone calls to venues. They hit as many gigs as possible and definitely created a steadfast fan base for themselves.
Releasing their debut album ‘Midnight Killer’ in July, Dead City Ruins are set to take the music industry by storm. With an attitude and style of their own, they definitely leave a very incessant impression on everyone they seem to come into contact with.
‘Where You Gonna Run’ is the first track on the album. I think this song sums up Dead City Ruins; with killer guitar riffs, and bad ass beats. ‘Where You Gonna Run’ is a fast paced, high octane heavy rock track that is sure to get your heart racing. It glides into a slightly softer side half way through the song, where you can hear a more melodic guitar and softer tone to Jake’s vocals before it launches into a guitar solo reminiscent of the Guns ‘n’ Roses ‘Appetite’ days! It certainly has that quality about it.
‘Damn My Eyes’, the next track, has a great drum intro that I think sounds something like Matt Sorum’s on the opening of Slither. It then hits a slightly faster pace and continues to show just how much these boys can rock it! There is a great rhythm to this song that is built to keep you moving.
Next up is ‘Mai Lai Massacre’, starting with reverb and a very hefty bass line indeed, it has a much dirtier sound initially before the drums and guitar kick in. With this track, it is indeed Mick’s bass line that grabs me.
Title track ‘Midnight Killer’ opens with a great solo and most definitely has that ‘punch’ that I know a lot of you are looking for! This song is one of those that you can rock your ass off too. Drewsy on drums definitely keeps the beats coming hot and heavy. Tommy and Sean on guitar definitely know how to rip it up, while Jake is a great rock vocalist.
‘Blues’ up next. This track has been and I think will always be my favourite track from this record; it was my favourite song when I first saw them live last year, and still is. With a gentle, and very melodic guitar intro, with the odd hints of bass it leads into a very slow and quite seductive song. Jake definitely knows how to turn it on, whispering at times, but boy does he know how to belt it out as well. Just as you’re led to believe you know how the song will go, they turn it up to 11 and Tommy and Sean belt out fantastic guitar riffs as Mick pounds the bass, coming together with a really well written song, that leaves me reeling for more, and I am pretty sure you would be too!
‘Go to War’ and ‘Highway Girl’ and Fallen’ continue the album in the very rock and roll style that we have become accustomed to from these Aussie guys from Melbourne. All in all this album is a clear winner from a great rock band. Definitely an album worth having!
Yes, this is a great rock album from a fantastic band, I think at times it can feel a little repetitive by the end. No doubt each track is good, but I think maybe on the next album it would be nice to hear a little difference between tracks and maybe a ballad or two to really showcase just how talented Dead City Ruins are.
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