"Visceral Rock" (Self-released; 2000)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Visceral Rock" is 80s style hard rock that brings to mind the earlier work of bands like Skid Row, Slaughter and Cinderella. It's surprisingly well done and, although capable of bringing a nostalgic smile to your face, it also sounds somehow fresh enough to be recognized as newer music rather than classic rock.

Produced by famed drummer Bobby Rock (Rare Earth, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Nelson), "Visceral Rock" has a clean, classic metal sound and a surprisingly dynamic punch. It may not be strong enough to start a new global interest in melodic 80s metal, but it's a fun listen with a number of true standout moments -- my favorites being "Divine Intervention" and "Love Ride."

Seventh Rize: Henry Font - vocals; Jason Sullivan - drums, percussion; Darin Andersen - guitars; Gary "Gor" Pinkstaff - bass.

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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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