3 Parts Dead “S/T” EP

3PDEP3 PARTS DEAD, from Boston, Massachusetts went through some line-up troubles before being able to offer us this 5 song EP full of modern heavy rock guitar riffs and hair metal influenced choruses. Fronted by a singer named Mike Patton, the band actually sounds more like WEDNESDAY 13 than FAITH NO MORE, dont’ let homonymy trick you!
“Feed” is the perfect in your face opener, and “Party Never Ends” is catchy enough to make you sing along, but “Everything To You” is probably the strongest song on here, mixing classic 80s hard rock melodies to punky rock’n’roll energy. “Tattoo’d Toy” has a bit of LOVE/HATE in it, and that’s fine with me, I’ll just probably skip “So Long Girl” every time I listen to this EP since I don’t understand why 80s metal influenced bands still write power ballads in 2014 (weren’t they just a way to get to MTV?)
Anyway, if you’re into modern sleaze rock like LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS, then you should definitely check 3 PARTS DEAD, they should be your next drug of choice!/Laurent C.


The Unripes “This Is Not America”

TheUnripesThe UNRIPES started as a “one night only” band back in 2005 in Modena, Italy with a desire to mix 80s glam metal to modern rock . The 80s influenced can be found in Axia’s vocals (dude can hit high Axl-like notes!!) and in some melodies like the chorus in “Reload” that strongly reminds of KISS’ “Heaven’s On Fire”, or in “My Muse Is Called Rock’n’Roll” (catchy chorus!) and “Until The Day I Die” for instance. The power ballad “The Star Beyond This Wall” also clearly knocks on the 80s door!
The modern side of the band is mainly present in the guitar sound and in the synth arrangements. Now, it’s hard to define what modern rock is, but I guess it is heavy rock flirting with a few machines and a nu-metal sound… Because yes, this is metal (you won’t be able to escape the occasional double bass drum and headache guitar solos!), but it’s well done, sometimes reminding a band like PRIVATE LINE. Good points with the Geri Halliwell cover “Scream If You Wanna Go Faster” too!/Laurent C.

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