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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).
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This is the first time
that I have heard of Nötorious and I have to say that I am extremely impressed
with what I have heard:
The first track off the
E.P is 'Nötorious' and it is a solid opener and is a good taste of what is to
come, the track is well produced and you can certainly hear what bands have
inspired them. In my opinion Nötorious sounds a lot like Ratt crossed with the
band Cold Sweat and it is very easy on the ears.
'Friday Night (Get
Ready)' is in the same vein of opener Nötorious, Chris Houdini is an excellent
vocalist , there are times when he reminds me of Mark Slaughter especially when
he lets loose. The harmonies are superb and Nikki DiCato’s guitar work is
sublime and you can definitely hear Yngwie Malmsteen’s influence.
'Have A Good Time' keeps
up the high quality of the first two tracks, solid guitar backed by a brilliant
rhythm section, this is a song that when played live will have the audience
joining in with the woa woahs.
I only heard the
opening chords of 'Seducer' to know that this was going to be one of, if not my
favourite track off this E.P, it flows beautifully and had me playing air
drums, I was useless but had a lot of fun trying. There are times when I felt
like Nikki was channeling Sonic Temple era The Cult.
'Tonight (Gonna Get It)'
closes the E.P and I hate to be repetitive but you can certainly hear the
influences throughout the track, Chris utilises his voice to the fullest on
this track and truly let rip and if I didn’t know better I would have thought
that I was listening to Firehouses CJ Snare.
To conclude 'Seducer' is
a well produced E.P that will take anyone who liked bands such as Poison,
Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonfire and L.A Guns reminiscing the good old days of spandex
and heavy makeup and that was just the men.
This is a release that
flows smoothly and is a great CD to play before a gig or a night out at a rock
bar, some people believe that this genre is outdated and had it’s heyday 30
years ago however Nötorious have proven that this style of music is as good now
as it was so many years ago.
This could have been a
10/10 E.P however I was unable to give it that score because I have heard it
all done before, Nötorious missed a great chance to stamp their own sound on
the scene, they’ve relied heavily on their influences and it shows. I do look
forward to hearing further releases from this band and I hope that they have a
long and successful career.