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Buckcherry – Warpaint (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Buckcherry – Warpaint (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 43:35 minutes | 580 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Red Music

Buckcherry make a return to the hard rock spotlight with their latest effort, Warpaint. Filled with a plethora of meaty headbangers and a few softer moments, the album attempts to take the band back to their mid-late 2000s glory days, for better and for worse. Produced by Mike Plotnikoff, you can definitely hear elements of their early sound coming into play. Big guitars and hard-hitting drums surround frontman Josh Todd’s raspy vocals on just about every track. However, you can hear new elements and influences peaking their way through as well. The three-song arc of “The Alarm,” “No Regrets” and “The Hunger” bring in a sort of country-tinged sound to the band’s bluesy hard rock.

Buckcherry seemed out of the step with the times when they surfaced in 1999 but, 20 years after their debut, they’re more of a throwback than ever. True, the hard rock vets attempt to lay claim to some alt-rock credibility by covering Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole,” but even that classic bit of angst comes out sounding like a slice of Sunset strip sleaze in the hands of Buckcherry. That’s the group’s signature: they’re unapologetically keeping the sound of the dirty ’80s alive. Singer Josh Todd may not be surrounded by the crew he originally brought to the dance — lead guitarist Keith Nelson left in 2017 — but his enduring presence only highlights how Buckcherry continue to serve up the same kind of cheerfully grimy good times that they did when they were younger, wishing it was the old days. The style may not have changed but Todd sounds older, and not just because his voice is becoming weathered. Throughout Warpaint, the rhythms are getting a little slower, the swagger feels a bit fuller, and Todd shows a sentimental streak, one that surfaces strongly on the power ballad “Radio Song,” which is most decidedly not an R.E.M. cover. Perhaps Buckcherry don’t sound as hungry as they once did, but their adherence to their rock & roll values, along with how they make no attempt to disguise that they’re out of fashion, make the band sound more endearing on Warpaint than they did a couple of decades ago. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine


01 – Warpaint
02 – Right Now
03 – Head Like A Hole
04 – Radio Song
05 – The Vacuum
06 – Bent
07 – Back Down
08 – The Alarm
09 – No Regrets
10 – The Hunger
11 – Closer
12 – The Devil’s In the Details

Josh Todd – vocals
Stevie D – guitars, backing vocals
Kevin Roentgen – guitars, backing vocals
Kelly LeMieux – bass, backing vocals
Sean Winchester – drums


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