"Behemoth" (Anomaly Records; 1991)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Sonic Joyride play a type of rock'n'roll that brings to mind the music of Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp blended with a modern attitude. It's guitar-driven power rock with hook-laden verses and choruses, solid walls of guitar sound and melodic but not heavy rhythms. It sure ain't heavy metal and it barely qualifies as hard rock, but it's certainly enjoyable enough. The songs are well-written, expertly performed and the CD itself is very well produced, offering a crisp, clear yet warm sound that practically leaps out of your speakers.

Admittedly, Sonic Joyride probably isn't the kind of band Rough Edge readers would probably choose to listen to. It's closer to the aforementioned Tom Petty than to Deep Purple. But readers could do worse. Sonic Joyride offers a genuineness and passion not readily available elsewhere and "Behemoth" is a solid recording throughout.

"Behemoth" was produced by the band's Chris Hobler.

Sonic Joyride: Chris Hobler - vocals, guitar; Rick Reese - bass, synth; Jonathan Mover - drums, percussion. 

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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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