SONIC SHOCK

"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.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/sonicshockrocks.

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.

Back to CD Reviews Home

Back to RoughEdge.com Home

Copyright 2011 by R. Scott Bolton. All rights reserved.
Revised: 05 Nov 2017 10:28:13 -0500.