"Rough and Tough" (Heavy Artillery Records; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Midnight Chaser have that good solid rock'n'roll sound. They list their influences as Deep Purple, Judas Priest and ZZ Top among the top drivers of their genre. You can hear a great sound from this Bay area band and when the element of NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) is present you'll feel yourself being transported back to a time when metal was metal and nothing more.

The vocals are clean and clear, the guitar chugs along with familiar, but updated sounds of riffs associated with heavy metal. The solos are quite tasty and will stick like super glue to your brain. The drums are steady and when a cowbell comes ringing in you'll recall bands that focused on that often overlooked instrument of percussion. The bass keeps great time with the drums and creates a great background when a solo comes roaring in.

With more focus on the riffcentric, Midnight Chaser bring back that time when heavy metal was about the music and more importantly the lyrics. Drinking, parties and hot chicks: three musts for a good time when hanging with Midnight Chaser.

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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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