"Greedy Dogs" (Self-released; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

NYC quintet Diablo Royale’s latest hard-hitting effort, entitled "Greedy Dogs," cuts to the chase and delivers a potent and polished hard rock affair.

This Big Apple squad’s seven-track offering brandishes an barrage of brash guitarwork (“Beholder”), rough and ready driving rhythms and whiskey-drenched vocal soul (“Promised Land”) to comprise this circuit fave’s visceral strain of meaty melodic hard rock that keeps girls' hips shaking and guys' fists in the air (“Remedy”).

Containing a striking balance of timeless commercial appeal and balls-to-the-wall attitude, Diablo Royale’s blazing twin guitar assault, uncompromising crunch and down-and-dirty hard rock swagger captures the grittiness of their hometown with a bevy of hooks ready to rock the masses.

For more information, check out http://www.diabloroyale.net.

"Diablo Royale" (Self-released; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Heavy metal soaked in whiskey suits the properly-monikered NYC quintet Diablo Royale best, as their eponymous 10-track introduction to the world provides the generation-spanning hard rock histrionics over rhythmic sludgery formula that cries for stereos to be cranked to the max for total rock immersion. 

Wah-wah guitars over catchy yet simple rhythms highlight much of the offering, as the style laid down by this act is reminiscent of bands like Alice in Chains, Down, Brand New Sin, and Godsmack on cuts like "King of Lies," the menacingly mid-paced "Crank It Up!" and the doomy groove that creeps from "Don't Mind Me."

Concocting up a bastardized mix of arena rock, 80s metal, Southern rock, and grunge, Diablo Royale throw abandon to the wind and come out with all guns blazing on this disc sure to rule the roost at the biker bar down the block for a very long time. 

For more information, check out www.diabloroyale.net. 

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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