"Truck Tales" (Boyz Tyme Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I was excited when I heard about a new album from Sergeant Steel. Funny thing is, I couldn’t remember hearing the band before, but I’d certainly heard about the band, so the release of "Truck Tales" was something to look forward to.

So I went into the new album with no expectations. I wasn’t even sure what type of music to expect. I didn’t think it would be death metal but would it be speed metal? Thrash? Classic rock? NWOBHM?

The first thirty seconds or so of track 1, “Fight Fire With Fire,” were no help. It sounded like the background score of a movie from a scene taking place in the Middle East. But then the guitars kicked in, the keyboards chimed and the singable chorus hit, and I knew where we were headed.

“Truck Tales” is a classic hard rock album in the vein of bands like Quiet Riot and Dokken. It’s got big thick guitars, chunky grooves and party songs galore. Sergeant Steel seems to have more fun than those bands or at least be somewhat quirkier. Songs like “Dance Into the Light,” with its country-style piano intro and “Brotherhood” which starts out almost like a barbershop quartet,  stray away from what you’d expect from classic hard rock (despite some surprisingly poignant lyrics).

My favorite tracks (as usual) are the hardest rocking: "Fight Fire with Fire" gets things going but the bluesy "Voodoo Queen," the saucy "Body Language" and especially "Nightmare" really rock.

The album isn’t without its token ballad, either. "The Time Will Come" is your typical hard rock ballad, with a slower pace, gentler guitars and heartfelt lyrics. It's perfect for radio airplay.

The best thing about 'Truck Tales," however, is the band’s attitude about their music. This is no-apologies old school heavy metal and the band plays with high energy and appear to be having a blast doing it. That energy carries over to the audience, too, and makes “Truck Tales” a truly engaging listen.

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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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