MACH22 - Sweet Talk Intervention (2014)
MACH22's debut album dives into the 1980s for its sound, pulling from groups like Quiet Riot, Ratt, and Def Leppard for power chords, steady drum backing, and an abundance of quick guitar solos. The singer has that same sort of energy, shaking and playing with his delivery to max out his dramatics and invite listeners to sing along with him on the choruses. There's little feedback or fuzz, as the production is extremely clean, though the guitar does keep a little buzz for special moments. I was half-surprised that there wasn't a power ballad buried somewhere on the album, but maybe they're saving it for their second outing; they're going to need something for the ladies, after all. Instead, there's a couple of Aerosmith/Run-DMC-speed line deliveries, with the singer adopting an uncannily-good Steven Tyler impression.
Is MACH22 part of an upswing/revival for '80s-styled hard rock? Will the '70s-themed heavy rock resurgence flare out to make room for it, just in time for metal with a splash of '90s grunge to take over from there? Or is there room for nostalgia acts from every decade these days? Of course, it'll be up to the people who buy the albums and listen to them to decide that, no matter how many groups are pulled together around a starry-eyed idea of 'the old days', so give it a listen and make your own choice.
For Fans Of; Quiet Riot, Guns 'n' Roses, High Spirits, Aerosmith, Night Ranger
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