Bow to the Big Truck as Trucker Diablo unleash sophmore album

Jonny By Jonny, 9th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Album review of Northern Ireland hard rock act Trucker Diablo's second album release Songs of Iron

Album review

WHEN it comes to Trucker Diablo you can be guaranteed of a superb live show, but after the phenomenal success of début album The Devil's Rhythm, can they repeat it on record, or will they suffer from second album syndrome that afflicts so many bands?

Songs of Iron, which hits record stores and online retailers on May 18th ticks all the hard rockin’ bases and more

But, first, what was my take on it...can the recording live up to the airing of several of these tracks on stages from the Diamond to Tennents Vital?

The answer is a resounding yes!

From opener Red Light through to closer I Want to Party With You this is a statement of intent, a declaration that Trucker Diablo can lay it down whenever and whereever they choose - a band maturing nicely and confident in their abilities to pen great songs.

Heavy vibes, just check out Year of the Truck; choruses to die for, check out second single Drive; power ballads to catch the emotions; check out Maybe You’re The One...

There are no weak tracks, rather they compete with each other in quality, enabling the listener to pick their own favourite for repeated plays.

Nods to influences are here, but Songs of Iron is not a slavish rehash of hard rock also ran riffs. Skynyrd and even the Foo Fighters would die for some of these hooks, and many a so-called first division act should just roll over in the path of the Big Truck. In fact the riff off Highway Radio is so much better than anything than Skynyrd or other Southern Boogies acts have penned in decades.

Bulldozer is a slam in the face song pushing the iron to the fore, without sacrificing melody in its ferocity.

There are a few trims that could have been done, as the outstanding Rock Hallelujah could be 30 seconds shorter, but that is only mentioned because we struggled to find any real weaknesses on Songs of Iron.
It’s ten out of ten for Songs of Iron as yet another Northern Ireland act proves that it can compete on the world stage – as radio stations across the world including Japan and the US are playlisting the tracks the question is why are you not listening to Trucker Diablo right now!


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