The American midwest, the Plains states, have been a hotbed for rock acts over the years. More recently there was crotch rockers Hinder. Welcome fellow Oklahomans Siva Addiction, a female fronted band in the similar modern hard rock motif. Bad Decisions is their second full-length release, showing a band with promise.
Perhaps it's a bit unfair to cast them as a female fronted clone of Hinder or Nickelback, though some of there songs stray little from this musical trend. The first three songs certainly reminded me of this. Yet, there 'bad decision' was to put the title track at the entrance; it's a rather mediocre opener. One Night Rodeo or the more classic metal rocker Nine to 5 would have been better choices.
And that latter song seems to be where Siva Addiction (they should drop the second word) strengths lie: giving a fresh modern, even heavier twist, to classic melodic hard rock. Get On Out and certainly the flag-waving Freedom fit this schematic. (It's curious that the latter song celebrates American freedom and hero-soldiers who live and day to defend it. Both guitarist Andy Hopkins and bassist Jesse Slone served in the Army National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade, and hated it.)
Yet, Siva also show there creativity and versatility on some lighter pieces, by comparison to the rest of the album. Gone Away, Take Me Home, and More Than A Memory play to all their strengths: lyrics, songwriting and musicianship.
While some may easily dismiss them as another modern hard rock clone, Siva Addiction has strong talent, great enthusiasm, and real promise and, mostly, the songs are pretty good. Recommended.
While some may easily dismiss them as another modern American hard rock clone, Siva Addiction has strong talent, great enthusiasm, and real promise and, mostly, the songs are pretty good.
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