"Decadence and Romance" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Juliet's Vice hail from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and were formed in late Summer of 2007 by Dan Parsels (ex-Primadonnaz) and Damian MonteCarlo (Midnight Angel). Shortly after, drummer Johnny Tuscadero and Stevie Lang joined the band.

These guys have a strong sleaze rock sound with a nod to the likes of early KISS, Ratt, Guns N' Roses and LA Guns. There is also a pinch of punk rock both in their sound and in their attitude.

"Goin' Down" opens with squealing guitars and a raw drum sound. This was a good track to start with because it sets the mood and lets you know that you are in for some bare bones hard rock. They bring on some songs that have some fire to them like the instantly likable "Lovin' Comes Easy," the catchy "I Can't Take It" and the groove heavy "Bitch." Although not every song works, as "Tear Down the Walls" came across as dull filler that was lacking the personality that most of the other songs contained. There also seemed to be several songs toward the middle that were the same exact pace and slowed the flow down a little (but that's just a matter of song placement so it could easily be corrected the next time around).

The production is perfect for the sound. You can hear every instrument equally and there are just enough rough edges to complement their approach. That is certainly refreshing for this brand of hard rock because too many bands settle for a glossed over sound.

Juliet's Vice are a band with a lot to offer and they seem to be headed in the right direction.

Juliet's Vice: Dan Parsels - lead/backing vocals and lead guitars; Damian MonteCarlo - lead/backing vocals and guitars; Stevie Lang - bass and backing vocals; Johnny Tuscadero - drums and backing vocals.

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

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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