"Demo" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Saying a glam band comes from Sweden these days is like saying eggs come from chickens. In other words, it's very common. 

This demo has three songs so I'll give you a track by track synopsis:

The opener, "Kill Me for Fun," bursts out and right away I am thinking of Motley Crue circa 1982-83. The guitar riff is very much out of the book of Mick Mars as it's simple yet direct ... actually, the song as a whole could be described in that manner as well. The vocals are decent except they sound a little low and drowned here and there, but that problem does not occur on the other two tracks. 

Next up is "Bad Boy Gigolo," and once again the music is largely Motley Crue influenced although this song is slightly heavier and perhaps tighter. The vocals have me thinking more of Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow, however, as both vocals and the melodies sound similar to something off of one of one of QR's first two albums. 

The final track is "Right Between Your Eyes" and this has me thinking more of current bands that are influenced by Motley Crue such as Crashdiet and Loud n' Nasty. Their confidence seems highest here and everything seems fleshed out fairly well although the track does overstay its welcome just a little. 

I like the slightly gritty production on this promo as too many glam bands feel the need to have a completely polished package and sometimes that takes some of the life and energy away from their music. 

It's difficult to tell from just three tracks, but I like what I hear. I can't say that Damaged Dolls are doing much different from the plethora of other glam bands I have heard coming out of Sweden these days, but it's certainly good. Even though they are unsigned these guys are currently in the middle of short tour of the United States so they may not be unsigned for much longer.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/damageddolls or http://www.damageddolls.se

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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