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Bullets And Octane: Riot Riot Rock n Roll
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Bullets And Octane: Riot Riot Rock n Roll

Hard and Heavy Rock
4.0/5.0

Investing the band with new personnel in 2016, orginal member and vocalist Gene Louis revived Bullets And Octane, a classic American rock band operating since 1998. The refreshed band dropped the blistering Waking Up The Dead in 2018, and promptly hit the road. The road led them across the US, but also to a significant European tour where Bullets And Octane visited the UK, Finland, Germany, among other countries. With the quartet remaining in fine form, Bullets and Octane returns with their seventh album, Riot Riot Rock n Roll.

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The album title is both appropo and descriptive of the Bullets And Octane sound. The band plays rowdy, riotous, and riff-roaring hard and heavy rock, infused with more than a little punk attitude and rawness. Their songs are generally short and fast, thick with sharp riffs and loud solos, and powered by an ambitious and thundering rhtythm section. The drums themselves could probably topple a smaller venue. Vocalist Louis once more offers his assertive raspy vocal style that seems tuned to the riffage (or vice versa).

Speaking to some tunes, raging riff rockers and brain busting songs arrive with The Devil, Chaos, and the drum pummeling Riot Riot Rock n Roll. Just to mess with your ears, Heaven Can Wait offers a softer vocal start, yet quickly erupts into another brisk riff rocker. Alternatively, with Addicted To Outrage, Bullets And Octane get their groove on by offering a solid rock beat wrapped with a catchy refrain. Similar in hard rock accessibility is Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog. Co-written with Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson, the song marries Bullets And Octane's sharp riff intensity with a classy, catchy rock groove, and another memorable chorus. With Rooftop Tears, the bass and drums take the lead to establish the groove, before the riffs and voice add their parts. The result is another fine riff rocker, both sharp and inherently accessible. All said, with Riot Riot Rock n Roll, American band Bullets And Octane deliver another rowdy, riotous, and quite satisfying album of their party-ready, riff rock. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

All said, with Riot Riot Rock n Roll, American band Bullets And Octane deliver another rowdy, riotous, and quite satisfying album of their party-ready, riff rock. Recommended.

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