Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Review -- ONE BAD SON -- Orange City

ORANGE CITY
One Bad Son
Versailles Records
8.5-out-of-10

One Bad Son are really 'One Good Band'.
I love the way the CD breaks in with a hot drum beat on the song Gringo, and when the rest of the band joins in, and vocalist Shane Volk starts screaming out the lyrics, you know you are into for a fun rock ride.
There is just a taste of AC/DC style here, not that these guys are quite on that level yet, but Volk can flat of sing even at a near scream. He is able to get the lyrics understandable even while spitting out rapid fire lines and a high pitch.
In addition to giving One Bad Son its voice, Volk is the songwriter here, and he captures angst and rebellion here with songs such as Crooked Mic Stand and Winterman.
At times too Volk seems to channel Axel Rose including on Brooklyn 8 Eye and Sun & Fire.
In addition to Volk, the band includes Adam Hicks on Guitar, Ryan Serblowski on bass and Kurt Dahl on drums. As a group they play some definite power rock.
Recorded in Saskatoon, mixed
at Powersound Studios (Tea Party, Econoline Crush) in Edmonton, and mastered by Nick Blagona at Toronto's Metalworks Studios (Billy Talent, Trail of Dead).
One Bad Son is another of the gems of music coming out of Saskatoon these days. Wow what a city for rock these days. This is the band's second album, following their debut This Aggression Will Not Stand.
Considering these guys have already opened for Buckcherry, you know they are close to busting big, jump on the wagon now.
If you like your rock deep and dirty One Bad Son is for you.
Check 'em out at www.onebadson.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 22, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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