Gonzales - Checkmate

If you're into filthy rock 'n' roll with a hint of punk tunes and bands like Motorhead, Misfits, Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Sex Pistols and the like, then look no further.

Clocking in at just over 30 minutes the Italian quarter's sophomore release is the perfect party-filler. Fast rock 'n' roll tunes, punky refrains and some pretty nice soaring solo parts. The production really does the songs justice really showing off their grit and venom, as well as their undeniable sense of melody. Now don't get me wrong, Gonzales are not offering anything new, nothing that's going to change the world, but they do what they do and they do it really bloody well!

A great party album, and I'd imagine the live shows are a real blast! This album has really brightened my Thursday afternoon.

Recommended for fans of Sorry and the Sinatras, Motorhead, Misfits, Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Sex Pistols and the like.

Rating 8/10

by Barry Gennard

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