"Instinct" (SPV / Steamhammer; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Victory's "Instinct" is solid, melodic rock'n'roll that brings to mind the work of Slade and Quiet Riot ... without the cheese.

Every one of the eleven tracks on this CD is instantly accessible and features strong, AOR radio-friendly hooks. The entire CD is very guitar-driven but it's the entire package that makes it work as well as it does. Vocalist Charlie Huhn, whose work with Ted Nugent you may be familiar with, really shines here - far surpassing his so-so work with the Nuge.

"Instinct" starts out with its best track, "Running Scared," with its throbbing, pounding bass line and its terrific melody. It doesn't get better from that point on, but it stays consistent, with most of the songs delivering the goods.

Fans of the above-mentioned Slade and Quiet Riot - as well as bands like Dokken and maybe even a little Aerosmith - will like what Victory has to offer. 

Victory: Charlie Huhn - vocals; Tommy Newton - guitars; Herman Frank - guitars; Fargopeter Knorn - bass; Fritz Randow - drums. 

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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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