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Idols & Gods

Review by Gary Hill

This band was formed by Italian hardcore musician Lorenzo Canevacci. While they are punk rock in a lot of ways, they are not hardcore and are not limited by the punk label. They create a brand of sound that works into a lot of other styles, too. In fact, I think I'd call them "punk leaning" and not punk. You can tell that English is not Canevacci's first language on the vocals, bringing a bit of a raw edge to it. Still, this is quite effective. It's a nicely balanced set that never fails to entertain and does a great job of moving the band's legacy forward.
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Track by Track Review
The Gold Rush

The rhythm section opens this thing. I love the bass sound. The cut grows out from there to a killer rocking jam.

Idols & Gods

Punk and metal seem to merge on this hard rocker. It has a lot of energy and drive. This gets a parental advisory on the lyrics. They drop it to a mellower, more melodic grind later in the track.

Hate for Free

I like this song quite a bit. It's more of a mellow rocker. It gets powerful as it grows. It is effective and has a killer guitar solo.

Here we get another hard rocker. It has some catchy hooks. A section mid-track on this actually makes me think of Cheap Trick just a bit.
Fear in the Western World
This is very much a punk rocker. It's a bit catchy at the same time, though. There are some metal hints in this and even some moments that lean toward prog rock. The riffing on this is particularly strong. The ending on this features a lot of sound-bites of voices.
No Values
Straight up hard rock based, this is very much another punk rock styled cut. It's definitely a piece of social commentary. The drop back section later is classy, as is the instrumental movement that comes from it. I like the sentiment of "my values are freedom and equality and rock and roll."
Drunken Prayer
Acoustic guitar based sounds serve as the backdrop for the vocals here. The cut is another that gets a parental advisory. This grows outward with some cool elements added to the mix. This one has some hints of prog rock, but it's overall a solid rock power ballad.
Feed the Doubt
Another raw punky rocker, this is solid stuff.  There is a melodic movement later that works well.        
63 SG
A love song to a guitar, how can you beat that. This is part melodic rocker, part hard edged punky cut. It's all cool.  We get an extended guitar solo on this, but really how could we not?
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