Sunday, May 22, 2011

SANDRA DEE: "Visions of Pain"


Rating: 4/10

Label: Eonian Records 2011

Review by Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Chicago's Sandra Dee, forced to make a split second decision on a band name, randomly plucked a snippet from Mötley Crue's "Come On and Dance" and said, 'what the hell, that's our name'. Unfortunately, the band decided against to pluck the sound out of Crue's debut album (what a shame) as they will remind you more of a second rate Skid Row act such as Canada's Slik Toxik (especially their 'Doin' The Nasty' era and material).

Add to this a heavier, darker, dirtier sound with a thick guitar sound and a meaner, harder edge, surely inspired by acts such as The Cult and Ozzy's Black Sabbath (Soundgarden?). Truth be told, it's a rather quirky, close to grungy and dark platter with a certain understated salute to the hippie generation. Sandra Dee lack the invention of say, the above mentioned artists, but nontheless produce a nice bracket, upbeat tunes that conjure up vivid images of "Peace, Pot & Politics". I personally don't find them too interesting mostly due to average song and dance material. I do not have as much to complain about when it comes to their actual 'sound' and 'style' (I'm a major fan of Soundgarden, etc, etc).

...And seriously, how many times in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, have you already heard songs such as, "Going Down", where they ALWAYS sing: going' 'down, down, down' (three times). To quote the press-release, "They wanted to craft the kind of killer tunes craved by fans of the genre, the sort of songs that pleasure the ears of hard rock lovers like sonic candy", end quote. Yeah? well, please do include them on your CD the next time (ouch, harsh).

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