Evil Matchers “Burning Baby!” EP

Brazil might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think about punk’n’roll, but EVIL MATCHERS are on a mission to change that with this 5 song EP (3 sung in Portugese, and 2 in English.)
The band’s music is mainly influenced by the 00s Scandinavian scene (BACKYARD BABIES, HELLACOPTERS…), and 70s punk rock (DEAD BOYS, UNDERTONES…), so it’s hard to go wrong with such influences. EVIL MATCHERS still sound a bit young at times, but they have the right elements to make us rock hard.
Surprisingly, whether they play in your face hard rock’n’roll (“HeadFuck Baby”, “Sempre Eu”, “Promessas Sujas”), or more melodic songs (“Smiles and Charms”, “Seven Days Sick”), Portugese language actually works as well as English (if not better), and definitely helps to reinforce the band’s identity, check by yourself!/Laurent C.

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Suburbia Blends “Queens & Vagabonds” (EP)

SuburbiaBlendsSUBURBIA BLENDS are from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but they seem to be very influenced by the 00s Scandinavian rock’n’roll scene. Opening song “Morphine & Wine” sounds as a punker BACKYARD BABIES while “Right To Know” is closer to early TURBONEGRO. Their high-energy rock’n’roll also leads us to think that SUBURBIA BLENDS are into ’77 punk and the DEAD BOYS as well.
These 4 songs sound more like a demo than a record, but SUBURBIA BLENDS manage to introduce themselves quite well in less than 10 minutes./Laurent C.


Pink Dolls “Dirty Jewels”

PINK DOLLS from Brazil got together in 2003 in order to satisfy their love for 80s glam metal/sleaze rock. The most obvious influence of the band is PRETTY BOY FLOYD (the vocals are very similar and they have a common interest in the words “tonight” and “rock’n’roll”) but they can also use heavier guitar riffs when needed (“Substances” or “The Psycho Dolls in the RRR Department”.) PINK DOLLS also remind me of the PEPPERMINT CREEPS at times.
These 6 songs sound good and could be a great soundtrack to your next summer party, but these DOLLS need to work on its own identity a bit more (the songs “Horror Show (The Monster is You)” and “Samantha” seem head to this direction) to be really convincing./Laurent C.http://www.myspace.com/pinkdolls

Glitter Magic “Bad For Health”

Despite having “Glitter” in their name, these guys from Brazil don’t play 70s glam rock, they’re more into modern heavy metal. Think of Zakk Wylde kind of guitars (sometimes almost nu-metal) and vocals sometimes reminding of WEDNESDAY 13 and TESLA (“Living On Addiction”, “Loveproof”…) A song such as “The Dreamers Disease’ also shows more 80s hard rock influences like DOKKEN for instance.
The band shows some impressive potential throughout this album although they should maybe work more on their choruses to make them more powerful and catchier, something they are able to do, just listen to “Daring The Dawn” and you’ll know what I mean. The production is good and these guys sure can play, it’s just a pity that the drums sometimes sound too mechanical (especially on “Heal Me”), but it’s a problem I usually have with most modern metal.
Anyway, “Bad For Health” is a solid debut album introducing a very promising band to the metal world./Laurent C.http://www.myspace.com/glittermagic

Dune Hill “Big Bang Revolution”

This Brazilian hard rock band is only 2 years old but already show that they really know what they want. They like their powerful guitar riffs and melodic vocals, reminding of the famous New Wave of British Heavy Metal at times.
The band also sometimes get close to a band like GOTTHARD for instance, and “Soul Love” heads more in the DOKKEN direction. DUNE HILL can also show a more 90s hard rock side during slower songs like “Season”, but don’t worry, solo fans will get their fix too, just listen to the end of “Big Bang Revolution.”
I can’t say that this is my favourite music style, but these 5 songs are quite promising in that genre./Laurent C.http://www.myspace.com/dunehill

Dirty Glory “It’s On” EP

3 songs delivered straight from Sao Paulo, Brazil! DIRTY GLORY are influenced by the whole American glam metal scene and they sure don’t hide it. “Mr. Jack” could be described as a mix of SKID ROW and BANG TANGO, “The Energy” is more melodic, think WARRANT jamming with PRETTY BOY FLOYD, and “Sweetie” is a bit confusing at first, going from power ballad parts to sleaze rock’n’roll hooks.
Anyway, all in all this a promising debut and if you’re in Brazil and can play drums, the band is looking for a new drummer./Laurent C.http://www.dirtyglory.com/