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CD REVIEW: UNBREAKABLE – Knockout

| 25 July 2014 | Reply

Unbreakable-Knockout

Label: Dark Star Records

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

When Herman Rarebell helmed the debut release from Unbreakable, I didn’t know what to expect.  “Knockout” kicks this disc off with a sound a bit like Rarebell’s previous band, The Scorpions, but these playing and vocals stand on their own on this track and lays the groundwork for a great disc.  “Rock The Nightlife,” the first single and video, have cool guitar riffs and prominently feature the drums in the mix.  Pulling from the sound and vibe of the 80’s metal scene, this track features a catchy hook-laden chorus.  “Bad Blood” is a riff filled track that embodies rock and its entire attitude, from the pounding bass line to the crunchy guitars to the vocals that add punch to the chorus.  “Crazy Cat Lady” is a tongue-in-cheek track that features a ton of innuendo buried in the lyrics, while the rhythm section gives a killer drum-bass anchor to the song.  “Good Times” is a high energy rocker that gives the disc a genuine rock track that should go over well in a live setting, as the chorus screams for fist pumping.  “Game Of Life” is a cool song that combines a lot of the great aspects of other tracks.

“Come Back To Me” is a mellow track that features keyboards and vocals that lead the track from the first note to the last.  The essence of 80’s ballads permeates this track and gives the band and disc depth.  “Obsession” has pings and squeals galore, but not to the detriment of the track.  The guitars are full and give the song “oomph” at the bridges and choruses.  In Your Heart” brings the energy and tempo down, without sacrificing any of the discs positive attributes.  The guitar sound demonstrates some Scorpions influence, but adds to the overall feel of the track.  “Back To The Roots” is a heavier track that seems like everything is tuned down, but this is a great rock song that blends the bands influences with a modern twist.  “We Are Dreamers” brings the disc to a close on a mellow note that doesn’t detract from the other tracks on the disc, but adds another dimension to the disc and sound of the band.  These guys took their heroes and influences, mixed them up with their own ideas and abilities and have created a disc that should please rockers from an era gone by, but also today’s hard rock lovers.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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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