"Queens of Royale" (Self-released; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Long-running Queens, NY based unit Damsel aim straight for the melodic hard rock heart on their latest 10-track endeavor "Queens of Royale."

Displaying a knack for writing catchy rock containing a startling amount of bite while employing an adaptable style that switches from reggae to alternative to hard rock, Damselís soaring choruses and keen use of dynamics reinforce their versatile delivery and ready-for-rock-radio presentation. This trioís powerhouse drumming and tasty guitarwork combination displays a blend of the primal drive of Lita Ford with the stark grace of Lacuna Coil sans the imagery, while pinches of bubblegum Top 40 magic frequently resound in the sharp vocal lines, keeping mainstream ears tuned in.

Expressing a musicality that hard rock with a female perspective usually skips over, Damselís latest effort is as well rounded as it is big sounding, showcasing the bandís penchant for making memorable melodies that rock with toe tapping tunefulness.

For more information, check out http://www.damselband.com.

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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