It’s been two years since Canadian band Monster Truck released “Sittin’ Pretty”. It was the album that brought them to a lot of peoples attention although it was actually their second album. Following it’s release on Mascot label group, they toured supporting acts such as Nickelback and Deep Purple, did their own headline tours and played festivals. Now they’re back with a new album – True Rockers.
While on tour, the band wrote and recorded material, and once they finished touring they headed to Echo mountain studios in North Carolina to record the album.
After finishing the album, they ended up going back to work on two songs with producers Gavin Brown and Mala Davies which must have delayed things but when you listen to the results it was clearly a wise decision.
While there are songs about religion and addiction, this isn’t a serious album – the overwhelming feeling is one of fun and good times.
The album kicks off with the title track – “True rocker”. It features a special guest, and who fits that song title better than the legend that is Twisted Sister frontman, DJ and all round rock legend, Dee Snider. A track with a title like that needs to be a damn good rock song and this song certainly lives up to the name – it’s loud, fast and heavy and just a great song all round. Dee Snider adds to the song with a section where he sounds like a Gospel preacher as he tells the listeners to raise their fists and scream and tells them rock will live for ever. A nice addition to an already great song.
Things continue at a fast pace with “Thundertruck”. The keyboards are a bit more prominent in this song than the first and as they do throughout the album both add richness to the sound but also give a nod to classic rock/metal bands like Deep Purple.
Next up is the single, “Evolution”. Check it out…
“Undone” is a slower bluesy song, and is a nice change of pace – when an album is all fast songs you often lose some of the impact, but with a slower song like this breaking things up, then as you move into the next track (“In my own world”) then you get the full impact of it’s speed and power.
This is a fantastic album – great fun high energy rock and roll. Highly recommended.
True Rockers will be released on 14th September 2018
1. True Rocker
4. Devil don’t care
5. Being cool is over
6. Young city hearts
8. In my own world
9. Denim danger
11. The Howlin’