The unstoppable Canadian road-train from Hamilton, Ontario MONSTER TRUCK will return with a brand new album titled “True Rockers” on 14th September via Mascot Records.
It’s been two years since the release of their top-notch previous album “Sittin’ Heavy” which we thought was “ a roistering of gravelled yowls & ripe ‘n’ vibing sexual energy…”
In the eighteen months that followed the album’s release, they played over 150 shows including Arena tours with Nickelback (who they now emulate, for some reason…) plus Billy Talent and Deep Purple shows and also shared stages with Black Stone Cherry, Volbeat, Jane’s Addiction, Rob Zombie, Alter Bridge and played festivals such as: RockPalast (Germany), Download Festival (UK), Rock on the Range (US), Shiprocked (US) and Rock in Vienna (Austria). They also set out on their biggest European headline tour to date, selling out venues across the continent.
We had a listen to “True Rockers”
“Evolution” seems ultra-slick with lots ‘n’ lots of production. It’s kinda lost that essential 70’s rock kick that used to define this band… but the lads have replaced the heavy-heavy blues vibe with a kind of agitated-pop atmosphere that resembles Shinedown’s most empowering anthemics. It’s good, it’s different. But it won’t entirely please the grease-stained original audience… Although it’s bound to get lots of new fans.
“True Rocker” feat. Dee Snider is full of bottled-up beer-fizz and terrific jubilation. It’s a true shouter ‘n’ stomper. The guitar-work sounds freshly synthy and there’s definitely a chippy piano delving somewhere in the brain-buzz. But, otherwise, this is legendary…
“Thundertruck” (see what they did there?) is a sophisticated and rousing synth-happy stomper with enough muted aggression in the good-ole studded wheels to keep this rocker happy… and it also pleased his old lady with its cheesiness and enjoyable clatter.
Is this bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll? Er, no. Will this fry your brain? Of course not.
But does it boast supreme confidence and an heroic amount of ego-bending ?
Hell yeah dude…
That’s okay then!
Words: @neilmach 2018 ©
“True Rockers” is expected 14th September 2018