Label: HeadfirstEntertainment 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
October Rage from New South Wales in Australia was formed by the Roberts brothers, Nick (vocals/guitar) and William (bass) in the year of 2008. Their debut single, "Silver Line", recorded in September 2009 with world renowned producer Adrian Hannan (Taxiride, The Androids) and mastered by Martin Pullan (Deep Purple, Jimmy Barnes, Split Enz). They won the radio contest to open up for Bon Jovi in Sydney Australia infront of 50,000 screaming folks and it's been quite the rollercoaster ride ever since.
They kick things off with serious and massive guitar riffage in the style of Diamond Head on "Set You Free". Don't get me wrong, it's modern rock... but with a twist, since there's definitely something evil lurking down under. The goddamn easiest and probably not always the correct way to describe the music of "Outrage" would be 3/4 Nickelback and 1/4 Metallica and merely the hint of Diamond Head. Down-tuned guitar lines plus an excellent but rather typical singer who sounds (again this crap?) like 1/3 Hetfield and 2/3 like the bloke from Nickelback or any other modern rock vocalist. That's enough of math though.
The summer of 2012 saw the band head over the pond (USA) for their first run over there supporting both Steel Panther (?), Sevendust, and Saliva. The bottomline: plenty of sing-a-long moments and the commerical ballads works like a charm. They are no doubt good at what they do. It's just not very exciting or groundbreaking. Extra kudos for blending southern rock and commerical stuff on the Freebird inspired tune, "Reign Of Fire".