Nasty Idols - Boys Town

I listen to a lot of music. Always have done and probably always will do. I come across a lot that I like and can enthuse about but I'd given up any hope of coming across anything that fired me up in the same way that say Ratts first EP, "Too Fast For Love" by Motley Crue, "Kill 'Em All " by Metallica or "No Respect" by Vain did. That's all just changed.

Swedes Nasty Idols are one of those bands that I'd heard of (thanks to the mighty Perris Records) but don't remember hearing anything by. I'm therefore not surprised to find that this is their fifth CD, their first for over 10 years thanks to a band split in 1995 and subsequent re-union in 2006. What I am surprised at is just how good this is.

Starting with a police siren, it's so far so clichéd but when opener "Rock Hard" bursts through the speakers like the bastard son of Twisted Sister and Motley Crue with a score to settle, you have to wonder if a police presence may not be such a bad idea after all. Indeed you might want them to stick around for the duration because that was no one off. If anything, the title track which follows may have slowed the pace down slightly but although seemingly impossible the guitars and drums have been turned up yet another notch.

The vast majority of the album continues with the same in your face approach but variety exists as the songs are not all at the same pace and the occasional gang chant breaks things up and guarantees to get the crowd yelling along, heads banging, fists a loft - you get the drift. I'm told that "Method to My Madness" is a Lords of the New Church cover. I've never heard the original so I can't comment but I do know that it fits so well, it sounds like the band wrote it themselves. "Nite Like This " slows the pace but even that sounds like the Dogs D'Amour with the guitars turned up to the max and frankly is a welcome break in advance of the ensuing onslaught of party anthems with balls. I'm sure that we can all relate to "Need the Nite", or "48 Hours" or "It's Not Love" and just to be clear the latter is NOT about a failed relationship!

Production is beefy, muscular and with everything in perfect balance. Vocalist Andy Pierce is loud and clear despite the thunderous and very able backing from guitarist Peter Espinoza with his stunning guitar licks, bassist Dick Qwarfort and drummer Rikki Dahl, who beats those drums like they owe him money. I've no idea who the hell produced this but they deserve a medal for services to metal and if they weren't in demand before this they ought to be now!

Sadly the cliché returns at the very end which is where you will find the obligatory ballad - "It Ain't Easy" and fine though it is it's all a bit of an anti-climax after what has come before and frankly they could cut the seemingly endless run out by about 90 seconds and nobody would notice. It sounds like one of those endless runoffs on a vinyl that only ended when you lifted the needle.

However, I'm not going to let that bring me down. It's far too early for me to be sure, but this CD is a most definite contender to make it into my top 10 CDs of all time Buy this CD. Buy two and give one to a friend. Picket local clubs to play this. DEMAND a tour. In the meantime, I'm going to correct my mistake and go check out their early CDs that I missed.

by Phil T.

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