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These guys absolutely ROCK!

Rock music it seems is often best realised with an equally direct, raucous and entertaining approach that is performed with attitude and swagger. Thankfully, the German power trio Hard Riot is the culmination of all these qualities.

'The Blackened Heart' is their "barn burning" debut and represents the epitome of straight ahead and uncompromising Rock 'n' Roll. This album proves that the shortest distance between two points is with a straight line. For HR, that line is the distance that exists from the speaker to your ear, delivering a simple, yet powerful statement as soon as you initiate "play".

The immediacy of '...Heart' is only one of many reasons that makes this album so enjoyable. They pay homage to AC/DC's no frills approach with songs that are short (all clocking in around three and a half minutes) and a song structure that is refreshingly simple. The songs feature bombastic choruses and the album's momentum is "fires on all cylinders" for the duration. These guys refuse to take themselves seriously and showcase their humor with 'Devils BBQ', a high octane, Southern-tinged Rocker.

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Since their forte is in writing modern Hard Rock music that pays homage to the great bands of yore, '...Heart' is absolutely essential for fans of Nickelback and Bombay Black. Short and sweet, heavy and hard, simple and unpretentious Hard Riot is a refreshing answer to many of the ponderous and self-indulgent sub-genres of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal where the message requires repeated study of the album's liner notes.

These guys deliver the goods in spades and those who need a respite from the everyday grind will find that Hard Riot is just the medicine they need to get through the day... Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that these guys absolutely ROCK!

Brent Rusche

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