"The Cracks" (Imagen Records; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

"The Cracks" is produced by Clint Lowery who is best known as the guitar player for Sevendust. Clint even lends his solo awesomeness on the track "For Life." This is also the début album from this hard-rocking outfit and I was quite impressed with their vocals, guitar and overall forward approach to music. Every now and then a band will emerge from the stale sound of "music" and just blow you away. 3 Years Hollow are that band. They've got a hard rock and heavy metal sound with understandable lyrics and some kick butt sounding guitar. I was able to stream this disc and I just listened to it over and over. It's fresh and a much needed head wind to power hard rock once again.

Hailing from the Quad Cities, IA/IL these dudes can restore your faith in melodic rock. You've probably heard them on the radio or caught them on the Rockstar Uproar Festival. They've got some definitive staying power and many of the bands that shared the stage with them have given these guys props for bringing the muscle. Each track has a great sound with honest lyrics and a riff that pushes its way through the song. The drums pound and the bass keeps a great backing sound to the guitar. I'll be keeping up with this band and you can too via the links below.

3 Years Hollow: Jose Urquiza - Vocals; Tony Reeves - Guitar; Neil Kuhlman - Guitar & Vocal; Dex Digga - Bass; Chris Cushman - Drums.

Check them out at these links: http://www.threeyearshollow.com and https://www.facebook.com/3yearshollow. .

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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