Review score: 92%
Review Date: April 2014
Reviewer: Paul Jack
Source: Rock Hard Reviews
Story goes like this:
Step 1 - Big Ed hands me a review copy of Full Throttle by Massive.
Step 2 - I absently skip through the album until I hit track seven, Dancefloor.
Step 3 - I'm hooked.
Sometimes it goes like this. You try out a new band and happen upon the one track which is so full of hooks that you can't help yourself, you wanna hear more. So you give the entire album a proper listen and realise you have stumbled upon rock gold. Such is the case with Aussie rockers Massive.
Massive's debut album Full Throttle is officially on sale in May, just a few short weeks away at the time of writing. If you can't wait for that then, see if you can grab a copy of Classic Rock magazine off the newsagent shelves, cos you may be able to get your grubby mitts on it if you act quick. (Look for the album with a cover in the style of Aerosmith's Pump crossed with ZZ Top).
With a raucous intro, the album kicks in at, er, full throttle with Burn the Sun, a fast pace hard rock number. Proper riff-based rock that will have you tapping your foot or nodding your head unawares as you flow flawlessly into Hollywood, which speeds along with wicked guitar licks and banging drumwork to lift your spirits and wake you up. Fast.
Reminiscent of the rock act Thunder at their peak, Bring Down the City features in-your-face vocals and raw energy to carry you along at a mid paced, heavier, blues rock beat. Which leads you into One By One, where the rock speeds up to high octane classic rock which will have you thumping your fist in the air as you shout along to the vocals.
Led Zeppelin-esque drums and jackhammer riffs draw you along into Big Trend Setter, which slows the pace down further into a stadium worthy rock classic. Followed by a change of spirit as Lacey pays tribute to the rock gods of the past, with all its Guns n Roses / Poison / Motley Crue charm.
And then of course the addictive Dancefloor draws you in and swallows your attention hole. Think White Stripes cranked up to eleven and sizzling with energy and enthusiasm as it promises to rock you to the encore. This is what hard rock is all about. Dancefloor is ostentatious, loud and proud anthemic rock. Glorious.
Next up we drop down a gear with slower paced ballad Ghost, a track which reminds me of Ghost of Winter by Lillian Axe blended with random Aerosmith. With Now or Never Massive flick the switch back to catchy base and drums melded with hardcore rock riffwork, which leads us nicely into Best of Both Worlds, a high octane head rattling, rock chick friendly number.
The album finishes with title track Full Throttle, which burns along with all the speed and intensity that the name suggests. Reminds me of Motley Crue at full pelt, a scorching number which will leave you wanting more.
As debut albums go, Full Throttle is very, very good. This is proper hard rock. Flashy, classy, kick-ass classic rock from down under. An auspicious start from new band Massive, and we at Rock Hard Reviews have high hopes for more killer rock from these boys in the future.
Track List (may vary)
- Burn the Sun
- Bring Down the City
- One by One
- Big Trend Setter
- Now or Never
- Best of Both Worlds
- Full Throttle