The comparisons will be inevitable, but not unexpected. After all, Argentine's 42 Decibel does do AC/DC covers in their live set. Add to this that nearly every venerable hard rock label is looking for next band to fill the Aussie's rather large boots. SPV Steamhammer may have come close with 42 Decibel and their debut album Hard Rock N Roll.
The album title basically says it all, and the aforementioned comparison. 42 Decibel has the whole blues and boogie hard rock style nailed down quite well. And, in fairness, the band is likely the best AC/DC clone not to sound like AC/DC. Actually, they sound more like mix of AC/DC with George Thorogood, especially on a tune like Smokin' Fire or Gimme a Drink. Or maybe it's because many of the songs are about alcohol.
Otherwise, the stylistic similarities to the band from down under are blatantly obvious throughout this album. Notable are I'm Gonna Give You All, The Real Deal, Born to Ride Alone, and especially the slow burner Take Me. What's that saying? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, if you scrape away this layer, 42 Decibel are simply very good at what they do: groove-laden, bluesy, boogie rock. It's stripped down and gritty with good singing and good playing from all concerned. These things make this album a fun listen, even if you have to fight off the echoes of that other band. Good stuff, and easily recommended.
Comparisons aside to that Aussie band, 42 Decibel is very good at creating groove-laden, bluesy, hard rock.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]