Koen W. : Although this American band only now produces their debut, they have been around since 2012. In their early days, their playing was limited to shows in their hometown Phoenix, but soon it was extended to the entire USA and they were allowed to support bands like Mötley Crüe, Hollywood Vampires and Kiss. And do not forget Alice Cooper. He regularly jumped on stage with them. Why this link? The frontman of Co-Op is none other than Dash Cooper (read Alice Cooper JR). Now they finally come with their long-awaited debut.
Rock legends Alice Cooper and Joe Perry each participate in one song. The ideal way to give the album some extra publicity. That extra push is of course nice, but what they display is so great they really didn’t need this piggy-back ride. ‘Co-Op’ is by far the most blessed (hard) rock album that has been released in recent years. This rocker is one big feast for the ear. Strong guitar parts, nice sounding drums, excellent songs and a singer with a fantastic and intense voice. The guitar tandem Kolby Peoples and Jeremy Tabor also did a great job. Kolby with his strong rocking rifs and Jeremy who shows a lot of emotions on the lead guitar. The comparison with what Slash conjures up out of his hat is certainly applicable here. You can hear no less than ten sublime songs here. On 'Old Scratch' Alice Cooper sings a duet with son Dash and on 'Howl' Joe Perry amplifies the emotional singing voice with his awesome guitar work. And that voice grabs you by the throat and does not let you go.
From more up-tempo rock to songs that oozes pain and melancholy, this is an awesome rock album from a bunch of high skilled musicians. The succession of bands like Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Whitesnake and all the other greats in the AOR and (hard) rock scene is assured.