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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Gene The Werewolf - Rock N Roll Animal Album Review









When the email came thru from Frontier for the latest batch of releases, Gene The Werewolf didn’t even register on my radar. It’s a cack name for starters, probably one of the worst band names in history. But it just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover (in this case album). Thanks to a nudge from a mate I gave it a whirl. Thanks to him, I’ve come across one of the best albums I’ve heard this year

“Rock ‘n Roll Animal” is Gene  The Werewolf’s international debut album. The band was formed in Pittsburgh in 2006 and is comprised of five native Pittsburghers. Gene The Werewolf (a/k/a Jon Belan), is the band's lead guitarist and vocalist. He also plays piano. Drew Donegan, guitar and sings, Aaron Mediate (keyboards), Nick Revak (drums) and Tim Schultz (bass and vocals) make up the rest of the band. The guys came together after - conveniently enough - all their previous bands broke up around the same time. Gene the Werewolf's initial promise was to "play music that was as ridiculous as it was awesome!"

Guitarist and vocalist Drew Donegan though more appropriately describes Gene the Werewolf’s sound as “classic rock with a modern vibe”. Basically he's a Rock N Roll chef, mixing the sounds of The Darkness, Kiss, Def Leppard, AC/DC and Motley Crüe making for one hell of an 80s classic rock vibe. Good time, party rock of the highest standard! Its simple, simple stuff, but it’s oh so effective. 

‘I Only Wanna Rock and Roll’ takes its lead from AC/DC to the point where Gene surely at some point has been a Bon Scott impersonator in his past career. ‘Superhero’ is a infectious as rock music gets, I couldn’t stop singing this bugger within minutes of hearing it, and ‘Heart of Steel’ is The Darkness, plain and simple. ‘Rock and Roll Animal’ is Sat Nite party rock at its best, unpretentious, and downright fun! Sure they will never win an Ivor Novello award, but if music is about making you smile and enjoy life then GTW have struck black gold!

‘Ruffneck Woman’ moulds the likes of Gene Simmons and DC with a power packed chorus. Its all been done before, but they have a formula that works

GTW has enough firepower to make a Maiden or Rammstein gig look like a firework display seen from 5 miles away.

All the songs just immediately grab you by the neck and force feed you great riffs, catchy as fuck choruses, that just make you wanna smile and thank God (or whoever deity you worship) that you love rock music. When its this good it takes you away from whatever humdrum life you have and transports you into a rock god.

The last work goes to Donegan, “We also like the term diamond-core, because diamond is the hardest rock known to man”, and plenty of bands aren’t shy about flaunting cocky bios and making no secret of their self-perceived talent, but few take it as far as Gene the Werewolf. “We used to say we were the best rock band, but by now I’d say we’re just the best band ever,” Donegan said. At this rate, he won’t be lying for long!

Frontiers have struck gold with GTW, and they will be one of the rising stars of 2013 or there’s no justice. Its straight into my Top 5 of 2012, and probably 2013

Check out their videos below!!

Score 95/100

Tracklisting:
Wicked Love;
I Only Wanna Rock N Roll;
Superhero;
Heart Of Steel;
Rock N Roll Animal;
I've Got The Love;
Ruffneck Woman;
Light Me Up;
Firecracker;
Give It Up;
The Ballad Of Gene.
Make Love (Bonus Track Itunes)


GENE THE WEREWOLF

Jon Belan – vocals, guitar
Drew Donegan – guitar
Aaron Mediate – keyboards
Nick Revak – drums
Tim Schulz – bass and vocals

Label: Frontiers Records  Music Style: Arena/Sleaze Hard Rock
Cat. #:  FR CD 578  Cod: 8024391057827  



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