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Label: Mascot Records

Release Date: June 18, 2021

Rating: 97%

Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Crobot hits an odd sweet spot for me with each release.  While it isn’t in my normal 80’s / melodic rock / AOR playlist, there is something about the energy and fun in each release that cannot be denied.  The latest release from the band, Rat Child EP, is no different.  Disc opener “Mountain” comes at you from the first note and beat and sticks with you until the final sound is heard.  The tracks cadence is contagious and the vocals are catchy.  The song, which features Anthrax’s Frank Bello, is a cool rocker that should go over well live thanks to an anthemic feel in the melody and the layered vocals.  “Kiss It Goodbye” is a heavier song that fits perfectly in the scope of this disc, as each song delivers a different vibe, power, and style.  The song features Light The Torch’s Howard Jones, which adds to the songs heavier tone and texture.  A left turn for the band is the piano driven ballad “Everyone Dies” co-written by and featuring Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) from Steel Panther.  The power chords that kick in on the chorus add punch to the tracks delivery, as do the twin guitar sounds played over the second verse.  This is a new favorite of mine that will get spins for time to come.  This one also gives us a cool glance at a different side of frontman Brandon Yeagley’s vocal range and abilities.  Title track “Rat Child” closes out the EP and we get a track that helps round out the various sounds presented on the disc with a song that remains closet to the classic Crobot sound we have come to know and love without sounding overdone or stale.  The drumming and guitars that dial it up at the chorus and transitions seem to be calling to be played and enjoyed in a live setting; I can see Yeagley now bounding all over the stage while bringing this one to the masses.  While some of these are Motherbrain leftovers, don’t be mistaken – these are great tracks that would be well placed on any of the bands efforts, but stand as a perfect filler between discs while the band was on a pandemic enforced hiatus.

Tracklisting: Mountain – Kiss It Goodbye – Everyone Dies – Rat Child






Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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