Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kick Axe - Vices
Side one starts with thick-plodding beat of "Heavy Metal Shuffle", a celebratory song about the genre.
The title track "Vices" is next. The song speaks to the embracing of indulgences.
"Stay On Top" is a rousing rocker about partying and celebrating being the best. The acoustic guitar at the end seems a tad out of place though.
Things slow down a bit as we get the ballad "Dreamin' About You", a song about an unrequited love.
"Maneater" is about a woman on the prowl for some action, stalking men like prey.
Side two opens with the party anthem "On the Road to Rock".
"Cause For Alarm" has a rapid-fire rhythm to it that drags the listener along in its wake.
Next up is "Alive & Kickin'".
"All the Right Moves" has nothing to do with the film of the same name from 1983. This song is about a loose girl who hooks up sexually with tons of guys.
The album closes with "Just Passing Through", a song rooted in the life of a band on the road.
This was my first exposure to the music of Kick Axe (thank you, YouTube). First of all, I have to say that they have a great band name; the play on words with the homonym makes me smile. Second, the music on Vices is solid, middle-of-the-pack quality metal. Not a bad start for a group.