Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts
Absurd Machine Records
When you take blues and raunch it up with some southern rock flare, you end up with Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts.
I first heard these guys back in 2007 when I reviewed Hittin' Wood and Diamond Hard, a disk which I liked a lot. That earlier disk scored an eight, and Sexus Diablo is every bit as solid.
The band has changed some personnel since the 2007 release. Steve Silver is now on bass instead of Les Dzialik, Colin Musulak remains on drums and Chris Parkes is still on rhythm guitar, but is joined by Dan Grapko. Dr. Rage is of course still on lead guitar and vocals.
The band always had a power feel to it, but the addition of another guitar slinger certainly makes the new album a guitar-centric rumble of blues rock.
Rage has a growl to his vocals, and the wall of guitar music gives it that grungy, in the gutter, blues feel. It may not to be everybody’s taste, but it bridges the world of good old rock and my favoured world of blues just perfectly.
Rage wrote nine of the 13 songs here. Those not by his pen include the familiar Monkeybone, as well as Ego, Million Miles and Ain’t Get No Pooty.
As for Rage’s work, Greed is a growly good cut.
The Beast is a song Rage gears down just a bit with, and it comes out the best of the bunch here. This one is excellent.
This is a CD which would be a great way to start a new year of music y acquiring. Search it out folks. It’s a sure thing.
Check it out at http://drrage.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 6, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada