Trucker Diablo - Rise Above The Noise (2015)

Lindsay Smith-Boam

 

Whilst Trucker Diablo go about 'cooking' their next album, and we wait with great anticipation, we thought we'd take a look at their 2015 release.

 

Trucker Diablo are a hard rock band from Northern Ireland and they have a pretty decent album in their latest offering ‘Rise Above the Noise’.

 

Punchy opening track ‘Fight Life' smacks you in the ears with solid hooks and great riffs, thumping bass – hard rock box ticked. A great start from Jim McGurk (bass), Simon Haddock (Guitar), Tom Harte (Vocal) and Terry Crawford (Drums)

 

‘Party Like They Started the End of The World’ continues in the harder rock genre, all dirty guitars and rocking bass and drums. A great live track for sure.

 

‘Somebody Save Me’ is a mid-tempo solid track, the vocal is spot on from Tom, enough grit with that big power pushing through the chorus.  The guitar riffs constantly breaking through and a lovely thud to the track.

 

‘We stand strong’ is another track that smacks through to remind you that the band is classed as hard rock for a reason, one to get the crowds jumping and shaking off the melancholy of the slower tracks.

 

‘Where Angels Fly’ is simply beautiful – piano and dual vocals – beautiful words flowing before the rest of the band kick in to bring the track to rock ballad status. A classy track, one for the late night playlist.

 

‘Girl in a Photograph’ has rolling double guitar melodies and a feel that this band may have been heavily influenced by a certain iconic Irish rock band in their youth.

 

‘Take Me To The River’ is my favourite track on the album – southern rock influences abundant with thick vocal melodies.

 

‘Murder Ballad’ understated opening riffs lead in the vocal – entwining gently before the vocal explodes with force and thumping guitar riffs.

 

‘Sun Deprives the Day’ a solid harder track – that guitar sound really hooks you in to the track – more gritty than many offerings on the album and a harder edge to the vocal.

 

Some tracks shine: different sounds bleeding through the riffs from melodic vocals, gritty, dirty, then mellow and wistful, Tom Harte’s vocal transporting me through ‘Don’t Cry’ making me reach for the wine to quell the tears.

 

Sounding like a real grown up band with maturity in their song writing, the whole album is worthy addition to any music collection. 

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