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Bad To The Bone - Thirteen

Bad To The Bone - Thirteen

Label : Flash In The Pan Records | Archive under bluesrock

Release type: Full-length CD

Wim S. : Especially because of their intense live shows, Bad To The Bone was known as one of the most interesting rock bands of the Netherlands 100 years ago. At least, that is what the band itself writes in their bio. I have to say that I did not notice the band at the time. But well, that can definitely be my mistake. I was already interested in metal and Bad To The Bone does not play metal but solid rock. Music bands like Status Quo and Rose Tattoo play. The core of the band are the brothers Marc and Maarten Ibelings, who released their last album in 1996. We can say that it has been quiet for a long time around the band.

But they are here again. A comeback. And musically, nothing has changed. The songs are very simple: standard riffs, standard melodies and a pleasant change in tempo: from mid-tempo guitar rock (a la Fatal Flowers in 'Last Drop Of Love') to more solid uptempo blues rock in 'Christine'. The only dissonant on this album is the cover of 'Thirteen' (written by Glenn Danzig and known by Johnny Cash); I do not really appreciate that one (and that's an understatement). As mentioned, the music on this release is very simple and cliché.) However, this album has something, and that's because it's a fair album. This is music without fuss. It's simple rocking ('Tightrope', 'Brain Out Of Gear') and unpretentious enjoyment of rock and roll. And finally, that is what it is all about? So great that two brothers with two friends are rocking again. Enjoy this guys.

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