Looking for the soundtrack to your summer? Look no further than the 3rd full length from Northern Ireland’s finest Trucker Diablo.
Following on from The Devil Rhythm (2011) and Songs of Iron (2013) the rock’n’roll party continues despite a thankfully short hiatus last year. The quality of Trucker’s recordings was always good, and Rise Above the Noise has added the polish that you find with their influences – the old school of Thin Lizzy and the ‘new school’ of Black Stone Cherry.
Sure enough, opener ‘Fight Life‘ kicks straight in with a Black Stone Cherry inspired intro and killer riff – but just before you think they’ve lost their identity the unmistakable Trucker flavour is splashed all over the sumptuous chorus – and you know Trucker Diablo are back to kick some ass.
The exquisitely named ‘Party Like They Started the End of the World‘ steps up the hundred-mile-an-hour pace with a call to party like you don’t care…and with this riffage on offer that isn’t going to be hard.
‘Somebody Save Me‘ brings the intensity down a little with a typically classy mid-tempo number, before latest single ‘We Stand Strong‘, a fist-in-the-air anthem picks up the volume and never lets go.
Now it’s time for mobile-phone torches and lighters for the gorgeous ‘Where Angels Fly‘. At first my ‘anti-ballad’ filter kicked in, but this song has got through that to become a firm favourite on the album. ‘Angels’ is surely destined to become a live highlight.
‘Girl in a Photograph‘ restores the tempo, delivering a Black Star Riders opening salvo before slipping into more familiar Trucker territory with a cracking catchy chorus. One of the stand-out tracks of the album for me, I really hope this becomes part of their live set.
Stunner ‘Take me to the River‘ takes Trucker to a new level. I liked the album so far…but this song propels ‘Rise Above the Noise‘ to classic status for me. A gorgeous intro – a stylish twangy guitar refrain dragged from the swamp – defers to the dirtiest riff I’ve heard Trucker do – downright slow and dirty juxtaposed with a sweet vocal line for the chorus. This track is just genius and shows how far this band has come. It’s simply class.
The quality is upheld with ‘Murder Ballad‘, but it’s the penultimate song ‘Sun Deprives the Day‘ that provides another solid slab of riffing and classy vocals that are the signature sound of this album. The change of pace midway is effortless and effective, highlighting the top-notch production values that are present throughout ‘Rise’.
Can the album end as well as it started? Hell yes – anthemic ballad ‘Don’t Cry‘ avoids the cheese that could have been served and instead is simply sublime and…emotional. Yup this one hits the spot in ways only rock music can. With a nod to classic Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is a perfect way to close the album.
It’s becoming a cliché to say this at the end of reviews – but Trucker Diablo deserve to get a bigger profile on the back of this stunning material. Once they’ve completed the festivals for this year – including what will no doubt be a stunning set at Steelhouse in South Wales – hopefully we will see Trucker line up some high profile support slots.
They have the talent and the songs to build an even bigger fanbase, and truly ‘Rise Above the Noise’!
It’s becoming a cliché to say this at the end of reviews – but Trucker Diablo deserve to get a bigger profile on the back of this stunning material. They have the talent and the songs to build an even bigger fanbase, and truly ‘Rise Above the Noise’!