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Pop Evil – Onyx

| 14 May 2013 | Reply

Released – 14th May 2013
Record Label – eOne
Reviewed by Matt Karpe
Rating 7/10

Pop Evil - Onyx CD

Michigan hard rockers Pop Evil return with ‘Onyx’, the follow up to 2011’s ‘War of Angels’.

The 12 tracks on the new release contain some arena anthems that fit in the same league as Papa Roach and Shinedown, with riffs-a-plenty and enough catchy choruses to keep the diehard fans happy and reel in some new followers at the same time.

‘Onyx’ is the first album to feature new drummer Josh Marunde and lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, who are both highly influential in giving Pop Evil that extra bite that maybe their back catalogue lacked.

Opener ‘Goodbye My Friend’ blends all that Pop Evil stand for; hard raunchy guitar work, pulsating drumming and frontman Leigh Kakaty’s strong rasping vocals.

‘Deal with the Devil’ begins a continuous trilogy of standout songs. Kakaty sounds like classic Staley as an infectious chorus kicks in that could easily be a live favourite in the months to come. This is a ripper of a song and Fuelling’s guitar work is the show stealer.

‘Trenches’, the first single to be released off the album is a sing along to all who battle adversary. The song is catchy as hell and the humungous drumming from Marunde could cause a riot in the most pit. Pop Evil have always sounded good, but they’ve never been this explosive.

‘Torn to Pieces’ slows things down- a ballad of nice delicacy and sumptuous vocals from Kakaty, sounding in pain as he makes his words sound tortured yet heartbreakingly believable. The whole arrangement is superb and a great way to end the best ten minutes that this band have produced to date.

More top notch hard rock follows as the album flows nicely along with ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘Welcome To Reality’ getting honourable mentions as further highlights.

The ‘trilogy’ mentioned earlier is what makes ‘Onyx’ the album it is. The rest is good but it doesn’t quite hit the heights of what came before.

Pop Evil continues to mature and with the new additions to the line-up, this could be the start of a consistent set of releases.

Pop is evil, long live rock!!

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