HELL IN THE CLUB are a band who promise to "make you dance, sing along, raise your fist in the air, and bang your head". This Italian rock group signed to Frontiers in 2016 and in September 2017 released their 4th album. Consistently melodic and catchy, 'See You on the Dark Side' is a strong addition to their catalogue and has great sounding vocals, a seductive rhythm section, riffs, hooks, and reliably-solid guitar solos.
The band pride themselves on their "80s hard rock" sound, which would suit fans of Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Dio. This album has catchy lyrics, big hooks, and possibly one of the best named rock songs in 'I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker'. Prior to the official release, the band released four songs to whet the appetite of fans. And the album doesn’t disappoint. In fact, many say that some of the tracks that weren't pre-released are even better than those that were.
The album starts promisingly with 'We are on Fire' which was the first track released. This is an exciting upbeat opener which sets the tone for the album. It's fresh and funky. 'The Phantom Punch' could easily become a timeless favourite in rock clubs; it is harmoniously-rich, effortlessly mesmerizing and makes you sing along even when you don’t yet know the words. 'Little Toy Soldier' has a real Southern rock feel to it and takes you straight to Bakersfield!
'I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker' is playful and fun, yet it retains style, and the vocals are sublime. They drop in a little bit of big band swing music and it sounds great. It isn't however a song you can play with the kids around.
'Houston We've Got No Money' is a little heavier with an almost punkish attitude, and is quite possibly the theme-tune for many up and coming bands... #buythemerch 'A Melody, a Memory', 'Showtime' and 'Bite of the Tongue' are quite heavy tracks with good texture, memorable riffs and big choruses which invite crowd participation. They are exciting and exhilarating, and 'Showtime' has a beautiful guitar solo. 'The Misfit' is a great anthem for anyone who doesn’t feel they quite fit in, and has a slightly retro feel. But to be honest that is my least favourite track on the album.
'Withered in Venice' is a stunning ballad with a clever bass drum beat and beautifully sung lyrics, slower but with changes in tempo that keep you riveted. For me, this is one of the best tracks not only on this album but across all their albums. It's passionate and emotional, and that little bit ethereal.
The album closes with the 8-minute long 'A Crowded Room' which, from the intro, leads you to expect a ballad but then becomes a typically rollicking HITC classic. Expect a great bass line, some epic guitars, and a rather unexpected Tim Burton-esque intermission! Yes, that’s exactly what I said... The song ends on a gentler note again and is a fantastic end to the album, and, if you haven't already done so, begs you to set the album to "repeat".
In all, this is a killer album from a well-respected, accomplished, and consistent band that have toured Europe and the UK extensively. It will sound great in small rock venues and also big arenas, and, although HITC don't reinvent the wheel, this is a highly enjoyable, skilful, stylish album. You need to buy it.
A solid 8/10 and I've already bought it!
We Are On Fire
The Phantom Punch
Little Toy Soldier
I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker
Houston, We've Got No Money
A Melody, A Memory
Withered In Venice
Bite Of The Tongue
A Crowded Room
Dave Moras - Vocals
Andy Buratto - Bass
Andrea "Picco" Piccardi - Guitars
Marco "Lancs" Lanciotti - Drums
Released: 15 September 2017
GENRE: Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal/ Sleaze
HELL IN THE CLUB LINKS:
Official Website: http://www.hellintheclub.com/
Spotify: Hell In the Club