"Resolute" (Self-released; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Resolute" is a strong modern hard rock album that starts off at a breakneck pace with a blistering guitar riff and a fast-paced song that sets the stage for what's to come. It's melodic and hard-edged and delivered by talented musicians with sparkling production throughout.

Vocalist Eleanor Goldfield is an amazing singer who can sound rough and husky when she needs too, but delivers a Stevie Nicks sweetness if required. The music is impressively tight, with hook-laden guitar wizardry and drums and bass that complete the sound. The songwriting is heartfelt and intelligent whether or not you agree with the sometimes politically-charged lyrics. A cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" is a highlight.

"Resolute" is highly recommended, especially for fans of the bands Rooftop Revolutionaries count as influences, including Shinedown, Chevelle and Alice in Chains.

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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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