"Bang Camaro II" (Black Sword; 2009)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

If Bang Camaro was around in the '80s, you probably would have passed them over because they sound just like all those Aqua Net sissies that you secretly wished you could be but never would admit to. The music that these guys produce now is the stuff that omits all that stuff you hated about the show and loved about the music: Salty solos, hook-laden rhythms and drums that pound out a steady diet of rock. The vocals have great choruses and sometimes you can hear another group being copied but you know you love the stuff so you don't say anything.

Even though this stuff is twenty years too late, it's done in a way that lets you revisit the time when groups actually had talent and when you just listened you could hear what made them popular. This is my kind of music so I'm glad that Bang Camaro lays down the groovy guitar and doesn't hold back when it comes to soloing and with a singer that actually sings well. This is a page of history that deserves laminating.

The two main stays are Alex Necochea – Guitar and Bryn Bennett – Guitar. There have been countless others playing bass, drums and singers that list into the twenties, too many to mention. If you like hard rock and heavy metal gas it up and give Bang Camaro a listen.

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"Bang Camaro II" (Black Sword; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Metal's favorite glee club return with "II," Bang Camaro's sophomore effort chock full of tongue-in-cheek stadium anthems for the modern age.

This act's unique choral lead singer situation and shredding pop metal riffs clear the path for a raucous 10-track joyride through the heavy metal parking lot. Tracks like "Miss Illusion" and "Night Lies" blast you back to the era of excess, using virtually every groan-inducing metal cliché from country-fried ("Life is Hard on the Road") to campfire balladry ("The Hit") to its advantage with an unwaveringly tasteful yet bombastic sense of grace.

Sounding gargantuan yet retaining a feel as if they were unearthed from the recesses of the Sunset Strip, this infectious spectacle's latest offering displays Bang Camaro's transcending from novelty act to full-fledged arena metal masters, able to set fists in the air and Bics overhead with their contagious and crisp delivery.

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"Bang Camaro" (8th Impression; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Half hair metal demigods, half drunken karaoke gang vocal choir, there's no limit to the number of vocalists Bang Camaro uses, which only intensifies this three-track sampler's overall speaker-rocking ability. 

With a hearty helping of the 70s arena rock guitar a la UFO and Montrose and sly bass lines not unlike Ted Nugent jamming with Scorpions laying the groundwork for Satan's Glee Club to raise their fists to rock, the Bang Camaro live experience needs to be seen, as it totally trumps anything they could possibly put on disc. Yet this sampler does an adequate job in giving the listener a glimpse of the "We are the World" meets Motley Crue vibe Bang Camaro nails. 

Imagine upwards of 15 metal dudes belting out party anthems at the top of their lungs while a full scale band plays their heartfelt brand of working class hard rock and Sunset Strip metal behind it all and you've got the most raucously ingenious (yet guiltily cheesy) project since the apparently never-ending KISS reunion tour. 

For those about to rock out, Bang Camaro has arrived. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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