So here's The Phoenix, a wholly female rock band from Italy, promoted by an Italian agency, and signed to an American label, Demon Doll Records. They offer their first EP of tunes, only four, with My Turn To Deal.
Simply defined, The Phoenix play fundamental and classic melodic hard rock with a metal edge, and a bit of the Eighties sleaze factor. Toss together The Runaways, Lita Ford, and most any late Eighties Sunset Strip band, and you'll get where they're coming from.
And, actually, The Phoenix is pretty darn good at their chosen genre. Several elements makes them credible, not the least of which is simply good songwriting. All four songs are packed with melody, harmony, and groove. In that groove, The Phoenix has adequately captured the swagger of sleaze rock. And the song are genuinely catchy. whether by the beat, riffs or lyrical hooks, the draw you in. But what really moves these songs is Lena McFrison's vocals and guitar chops. She's a solid rock singer and her guitar lines, from riffs to solos, make every song soar. As for the songs themselves, there's not a bad one in the bunch. My Turn To Deal and Party Hard quick groove monsters. Dangerous Girl is heavier, seemingly plodding at times, but seems reaching for some blues groove. You Can't Stop The Rock n Roll twists between a ballad-like anthem and pure rocker, and McFrison's voice is at it's best (helped by gang background vocals). Bottom line: With My Turn To Deal, The Phoenix is dead on target with their version of classic melodic hard rock. Hopefully, they'll return with a full-length album sometime soon. Recommended.
With My Turn To Deal, The Phoenix is dead on target with their version of classic melodic hard rock. Hopefully, they'll return with a full-length album sometime soon. Recommended.
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