SCORE - 90%
Aussie hard rockers Wicked Smile released their debut EP earlier this year. It’s a CD and digital release, so check your regular outlets for availability. For a release that’s only 4 tracks long, the guys make a real impact with this EP. 4 toe tapping, head banging, melodic hard rockers, with a classic era feel, yet a contemporary production courtesy of Paul Laine.
The band features the powerhouse vocals of Danny Cecati (ex-Pegazus & Eyefear), who delivers a raspy and at times gruff vocal, that ultimately turns melodic come chorus time. He really makes a big impact on this material. Guitarist Stevie Janevski (The Radio Sun & ex-Black Majesty) gets to really crank things up for the first time in a long while and he sounds ‘electrified’ on these 4 songs. Super heavy for The Radio Sun fans, but very comfortably at home for those that know Steve from the Black Majesty days.
Dave Graham joins Steve on guitars, with Glen Cav on bass and Jason Tyro on drums making up the very capable rhythm section.
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It may only be an EP, but everything really comes together or Wicked Smile on this release. I’m left wanting more, with the 4 tracks all making their own mark. Outstanding start, hoping for a full-length album in the near future.