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Cockpit

Mission to Rock

Review by Gary Hill

Whenever you see a band of women playing hard rock you have to wonder if it’s all a gimmick. Normally you wonder if the music is going to be meaty or just something thrown together to make it all a commodity with some hint of credibility. Well, this outfit rocks really well. I wouldn’t quite put them into metal, but it’s not far from it. You can certainly make comparisons to both Girlschool and The Runaways, but Cockpit rocks out really hard and with their own flair. Whatever you call it, this five track EP will have you waiting for more from this group.

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Track by Track Review
Mission To Rock
The riff that drives this is classic. This is such a cool hard rock and roll vibe. It's like The Runaways with more meat. The chorus is catchy. In a lot of ways this makes me think of NWOBHM. This is well produced, but not slick. It's meaty. I dig the guitar solo on this. There is some noteworthy bass playing later, too.
At A Loose End

This one I might consider to be full on metal. There’s a definite modern feeling to this and some old school hard rock in the mix, too. It’s crunchier and heavier than the opener.

White Flag

They haven’t reinvented the wheel here, yet the riff that bases the main track is especially meaty and the chorus hook is even catchier than the ones we’ve heard to this point.

Shot In Hell

Here we get another catchy slab of near metal. It’s not all that different from the other stuff we’ve heard so far – but I’ve got to say that the guitar solo on this is especially tasty.

Gun For Hire
This is the hardest rocking number here and I’d probably call it heavy metal. At times it reminds me of AC/DC. It’s a good tune.
 
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