HOTCAKES - EXCESS ALL AREAS (Bad Reputation Records)

 

                          (Review by Patrick De Sloover)

Sydney’s Hotcakes are not a band, they are a lifestyle choice; one that is equal parts rock, and a slide of cherry flavored personal lubricant. That’s how Bad Reputation Records present their latest shooting star that aims for a Classic Rock touch. A live show of this quartet should be something to behold, as they all give every ounce of blood, sweat and tears every time they get on stage. Albeit promotional talk, that was included with this disc, I wasn’t really wild about the front cover artwork of this release. Very 80’s old school, on the edge of childishness.

Their Classic Rock is merged with a great party feeling and can be compared with bands like Kiss, The Darkness and a little Hellacopters. Being a huge Kiss fan myself, I always feel uncomfortable when a band is trying to sound like the original, but hey, why not giving each band a platform to introduce us to their own music, and that’s exactly what I did. After a few spins, I knew what this band is capable off and what are the restrictions as a whole. Let’s take a look at some of the songs on this ‘Excess All Areas’ release. 

Opener “Rockin’ in the Afternoon” has a lot of see along phrases, and sounds really simple. The next track reminds me of Gene Simons and Paul Stanley as the vocal line in this track has a lot of similarity. “Fire And Ice” is a typical Heavy Metal track with an average pace, but with nice bass lines of Cliff Boothe. The next track is called “The Witching Hour” and opens totally diverse compared with the other tracks. I has a spooky feeling and the duration of this track is about 8 minutes; The arrangement stands out of the rest on this album. Interesting approach, creepy feeling and a dark touch to complete. Without doubt, the best track so far!  Next track has is a ballad while “Easy Come Easy Go” made me think on Sleeze Beez from Holland. The next track is the title track of this album and again, it’s pretty simple. 

That’s how this album continues till the end, and I hear a lot of missed chances. This band need much more skills and talent to get Hotcakes on the right track, as so far, they will only be able to please a very small crowd…  

My rating:  65 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish