|Beautiful Creatures Deuce|| Spitfire Records|
The wait for this album to be released got longer when guitarist Alex Grossi had to be replaced and his parts re-recorded by new guy Mark Simpson. The Japanese got the original release, but the rest of the world, gets this slightly altered version.|
Joe Leste and Anthony Focx – the backbone of both Beautiful Creatures and Bang Tango have put a lot of energy into this release and the result should please fans of the band.
Deuce is even more aggressive, more contemporary and heavier than their debut album. And it is more focused and consistent than last year's Bang Tango release.
Heavier and more enshrined in modern rock than Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures run through 12 tracks (and one short instrumental passage) which seriously rock.
You can't fault the energy, the big in your face production, or the band's conviction.
One thing to note for some though – the album isn't overly melodic. The vocals are gruff and the guitars are more riff than solo driven.
Highlights are definitely Superfly, Freedom and the rather short Anyone.
I wouldn't describe this as a modern rock album by any means, but as far as American heavy rock goes, it has that very contemporary guitar sound and production which tunes down the guitars to achieve a more hard hitting sound.
Another highlight is the moody Empty, which slows the tempo a little, but not the intensity.
The opening onslaught of the first five tracks is hard to fault, but I think the album falls away towards the end, suffering from a slight lack of variation. With Deuce, Beautiful Creatures are now more comparable to Stone Temple Pilots or Black Label Society.
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