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Hornet: Skies Are Falling
Hornet - Skies Are Falling Album CD Review

Hornet: Skies Are Falling

(Melodic) Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Did you know that some species of hornets are some of the most venomous insects? Yep. Come to Dangerdog Music Reviews and you get an education with your music review. UK's Hornet may not be poisonous, but they could be contagious if you like old school classic hard rock akin to AC/DC and Airbourne. They're definitely creating a buzz in their native country.

Hornet Skies Are Falling Band Photo

Hornet: looking tough enough.

The first thing that strikes your ear listening to Hornet's debut album, Skies Are Falling, is Joe Thompson's razor raw vocal style which is also about two steps from hardcore. It's an acquired taste. On the first track, the title cut, his voice is viciously raw and nearly off the rails, enough to make you cringe. But he gets better, stays within his range for the most part and, after awhile, sounds like a guy who tried to cure his sore throat with Jim Beam and paid the price for it.

The next thing you'll notice, in the music, is the generous amount of riffs and groove packed into the songs. The tunes within are definitely rock songs. And if they were going after some old fashioned AC/DC boogie rock, they have that going to, notably on Bite Down, Under Pressure, and State of Emergency. Some songs, like Rock 'n' Roll Riot or Sweet Lips are more frantic and kinetic borrowing energy from punk rock. Finally, within this mix, you'll discover that Tollef Rikje-Pearson is pretty darn good guitar player; his lines are crisp and straight forward, and something you look forward to in each song.

Hornet's debut album is a strong effort, solid classic hard rock, raucous and rowdy enough to trash a local pub or disturb your neighbors at your next kegger. Recommended.

BTW: Did you know the male hornet doesn't live very long and it's only function is mating with the queen? Yep. I'm here to help. I think this Hornet might be around for some time. I sure hope they don't try and mate with the Queen.




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In Short

Hornet's debut album is a strong effort, solid classic hard rock, raucous and rowdy enough to trash a local pub or disturb your neighbors at your next kegger.

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