Some albums take time to grow on you and you love forever. Others are an instant hit, but wear off in time. And then there are others in-between. Chapter Zero is energetic, fiery, it also teases, it’s hot and god-damned sexy! I liked it the instant I heard it and think I will forever!
I’ve had this album for a couple of months now and played it 3 or 4 times a week since. It especially comes into it’s own while getting me in a good mood for a night out. For the most part it’s a rollicking good foot tapping sing a long Roxx ’N’ F’kin Roll album, but still tinged with punky metalness. It goes deeper as I finally got around to reading the lyrics and saw something more intellectual in the whole structure of the songs and lyrics.
Am I making sense? Let the tale enfold; The album kicks in with the title track ‘Chapter Zero‘ – check out the video, and so the story begins… act 1, 2, 3, great riff, killer solo… whoooaggghhh… off we go on a ride of a lifetime…
Stomping in comes ‘NQLT‘, a cock rocking catchy anthem with massive bang banging of the drums, rumbling bass and a great little guitar solo, a huge favourite song of Mr & Mrs Roxx, bombs bombs, bombs away! Chop Chop riffing in nicely is ‘Heading For The Guillotine’, ‘fucked up got lost in the minute…’ and off we go with another killer guitar solo, marvellous, as happens on all the songs.
‘So Cavalier’ is smooth and swaggers along. ‘Tornado’ does does exactly what it says on the tin and has me spinning around with my airguitar and continues into the furious ‘No Rest For The Rockin’. Yes the title says it all, this probably started off as my least favourite of all the tracks on here, but now I find myself constantly singing along to an infectious chorus.
Wait a minute here, I am probably giving the impression that this is just a good time dumb R ‘n’ R album! NO, the writing is polished and musicianship top quality, as is well proven on the next song, a classic. ‘Reapers Sow’ gently enters the fray, with acoustic guitar and then it takes off with more glorious riffs before pinning you into submission with acoustic gentleness and then kicking in with a grand finale.
‘Medusa’ comes at you drums first, then foot tapping bass, riff and strutting vocals that take you through another catchy as hell punk rock n’ roll song. This band have been around for years, their debut ‘Sweet Chin Music‘ is a punkier raw full on motherfucker, while last years ‘Gambit‘ (bastard son of Backyard Babies & Social Distortion) lead the way to this masterpiece. The band are always writing songs, and most of ‘Chapter Zero’ was written during the long drawn out recording of ’Gambit’.
Next up is a slight step in direction for the band with the epic ‘Darkest Horse’. A country tinged sophisticated piece of work that will impregnate your mind and musical senses. A perfectly put together song with cultivated lyrics and a high standard of musicianship. A striking guitar solo that takes off and pins the listener against the wall, before settling back down with a memorable chorus and fading out wonderfully. ‘Without the slightest touch of remorse, she is the darkest horse’.
‘Acid & Alkaline’ picks the beat up and again continues the infectious rocking music of the whole album, before the final track, ‘The Rider’ a punk/metal tune, but this also has a gentler touch leading into the chorus, before trailing off like a cowboy, on horse back, leaving town, in an old western movie!
I was, and still am, gob smacked at the quality of this album full of killer riffs and memorable hooks, so the only thing to do is listen again and again just to make sure I’m not dreaming!