Hailing from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a short hour's drive from Dangerdog HQ, On Top returns with another EP, Topless. The power trio remains consistent in both their sound and approach, delivering their catchy metal-edged hard rock via a second EP since their first full length album several years ago.
And consistency's a good thing, especially when it comes to On Top. Their sound has become natural and unmistakingly identifible, the product of time and experience. Mostly it comes from several significant elements. One isBass player and vocalist Jaron Gulino's natural hard rock voice. He's smooth and melodic, yet having some timbre between metal edge and punk sneer. Bring in drummer Danny Disguster for the complete rhythm section have the completely developed groove monster. On Top is made complete withAlex Kulik's brisk and lively riffs and slick and soaring leads. Fundamentally, this adds up to one thing: some mighty fine, hard and heavy, rock n roll.
You can tap your toe, pump your fist, and generally groove out from start to finish with these four songs. They're all rather speedy, with 282 and Lie To Me probably the fastest of the bunch. Go Crazy really moves on the bottom end, heavy and thumping, with the chorus made to sing along. But the killer song here is Got Me Runnin' simply for it's versatility. For instance, at the start are drums and riffs that give way to the bass before joining together for the rock jams. Then midpoint there's a nice breakdown with some easy bass, quieter drums, and lighter guitar, before Kulik rips off another tasty lead.
Hey, it's all good. In the case of On Top, and another EP, less is more. Every song is a powerhouse of catchy melodic heavy rock. Get a keg, invite some friends, play On Top's Topless (maybe you can get the female guests to oblige), and good times are sure to follow. Recommended.
Get a keg, invite some friends, play On Top's Topless (maybe you can get the female guest to oblige), and good times are sure to follow. Recommended.
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