More balls than in Kangaroo mating season.
We talking hard rock with a smattering of classic Hollywood sleaze thrown in for good measure. While you can throw a stone and hit a hundred wanna-be bands of this ilk, it appears that in Massive, we may have the real deal, a band that don’t need the gimmick to pull off being a “real band”.
In a time when we wonder where the next generation of headliners are coming from, Massive appears to be an almost prophetic band name (probably not a coincidence!), as if future releases are as strong as this debut, big things are in store. What makes this a stand apart release is that there are just enough musical nods to when hard rock was at its height in the 80/90’s to revitalise the less young, yet a fresh take on the genre to pull in a whole new generation, at a time when hard rock is seemingly a much neglected and important component in the mainstream.
From album start to finish the tracks are consistently first class, opener ‘One By One’ is a rebel raising chant-fest that will get crowds punching a fist in the air, followed by Hollywood and its relentless driving riffs.
Big Trend Setter & Bring Down The City both have a pseudo blues appeal about them, which gives the album another flavour. Both these tracks are a combination of catchy melodies and solidly built phrasing. Bring Down The City has some of the best guitar work on the album and I imagine this will be another opportunity for live performances. On hearing this studio release, you can’t help but see that the material has been tested well in front of real people.
Dancefloor & Best Of Both Worlds allow for more bass input, with tracks designed to give that feel good summer vibe (all year round!). It is near impossible to not move when these tracks are playing, these are dancing tracks to encourage even the non-dancers out there! Add Lacey to the list of songs to get you moving, it’s also near impossible to not imagine Marty McFly playing this song while his hand fades in and out of existence.
Burn The Sun and title track Full Throttle give us a full on, sledgehammer in the face hard rock experience, again combining great melody with great riffs at pace. It would have been easy to do too much but this is where Massive appear to excel, knowing that sometimes getting people moving and giving them a memorable melody is all it takes. It’s a treatment that worked for the likes of AC/DC and it’s working for Massive too.
There is a real gem (more of a gem anyway) about halfway through the album in Ghost. It’s what you could call the albums ballad, but as with everything Massive it’s a Massive ballad. It’s hard as the song gets going to not compare the vocal styling with Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), and it would be crazy to deny there is an influence going on in there. However, Brad Marr (vocals) appears to handle an equivalent vocal range to Tyler with ease, which if it holds out further into the bands career will be a real asset.
There are 4 bonus tracks on the album, 2 original tracks from the band and covers of AC/DCs ‘If You Want Blood’ & Aerosmiths ‘Rats in the Cellar’. You can have those as a treat when you rush out and buy this album! If we want great bands like this to actually become the headliners of the future then we need to support them in everyway possible. So buy it, go see them, and throw random undergarments at every opportunity.
Massive 10/10 from Scribes Of Metal