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“Hard Habit” (Single) by Jack Russell’s Great White

Artist: Jack Russell’s Great White
Title: “Hard Habit” (Single)
Label: New Breed Records
Release Date: 12/24/2014
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock/Blues Rock
Rating: 4/5

I’d be lying if I said that was 100% up on the happenings in the world of the band Great White and their former singer Jack Russell at this very moment. Alright, I do know that just like many of the other bands that I grew up with back in their original heyday that there are now two versions of Great White. The one featuring a number of former members and the one that is led by their former front man Jack Russell. The latter one is the version that this brand new single comes from and since its only the one song to absorb this will be on the quick side.
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“Vol. 4” by Lullacry

Artist: Lullacry
Title: “Vol. 4”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 1/24/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10

Female fronted groups are no longer something scarce in the Hard Rock and Metal world but with most of them falling to either the Gothic or Symphonic side it’s interesting to hear a band like Lullacry. The group focuses their music on high energy Hard Rock and after a couple of listens you will find them pretty good at what they do. You cannot compare them to Evanescence since their far more pumping in the songs and they are not depressing enough to be Gothic. The whole sound of the band comes across as something akin to that which Lita Ford or a heavier Vixen might perform during their heyday. “Perfect Tonight” and “Fire Within” are innocent sounding rockers that I feel might draw a lot of people in. Slower numbers like “Heart Shaped Scars” can be the song where folks either light their lighters or cell phones as they play and this works very well with some nice keyboard parts to it. Lead singer Tanja is beautiful which always helps a band in the visual sense and she seems to also be able to belt them out to a certain level of power across the record. Her high pitched chorus segments might sound a little repetitive at first listen but when run again you will find this is not the case. Other numbers of note are “Killing Time” which rocks hard as does “Zero”. “King Of Pain” is sadly not a cover of the Police classic but instead a slow and throbbing track (a song that might be an interesting thing to see a Metalized rendition of). I like the album but still have to find if there is a number as catchy as “Don’t Touch The Flame” from their last record. The lineup has not changed and finds Sauli, Tanja, Heavy, Sami and Jukka all still on point to aim their band higher and higher.
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