"Hell to Pay" (Sonic Shock; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Sonic Shock plays rock'n'roll that's barely in control and I love that. Think of them as kind of a hard rock/heavy metal outfit in the vein of Motley Crue, Skid Row, etcetera, but with a little more punk rock edge drilled in that puts them on the verge of losing control.

"Hell to Pay" is a rough, raw listen with big riffs, and an almost ragged sound that works really well. The production could use a little work but its coarseness almost works better for this recording. The vocalist is often a little bit too low in the mix but otherwise, it's tolerable.

This is a killer band kicking some great big, fat music all around. Some of the tracks remind me of the bad boy rock of Ace Frehley: Raw, brutal rock'n'roll that kicks you right in the ass with no apologies. Never too slick or too raw, it's true rough-edged rock'n'roll.

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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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