Moving forward from his professional motorcycle racing career, the multi-talented James Toseland has managed to make a name for himself in the music industry within an impressively short space of time as the frontman for Hard Rock band, Toseland.
The latest edition has been produced again by Toby Jepson (known as the vocalist for Little Angels), and mixed by legendary producer Mike Fraser (known for his work with AC/DC, Metallica and Motley Crue).
Toseland encompass everything I admire in a well-rooted Rock band, from the dynamic tenor vocals, to the well-integrated heavy guitar riffs, which both act as the driving force behind each track. From the outset, you know you’re listening to the dominating force of pure Rock and Roll.
The Hard Rock quintet that makes up Toseland gives the band their energetic centre, which diversifies each track in such a way that it avoids becoming even remotely repetitive or comparable to the generic Rock music that is heard day in day out.
Each band member seems to bring something unique to the table, whist all thriving for the same goal of producing badass modernised Classic Rock sounds. The album is fast paced Rock from start to finish, not unlike the lifestyle James Toseland has been accustomed to.
The songs are really well devised, with well-written lyrics and heavily influenced tracks. The title track, Cradle The Rage is a great example of this, with its ‘Alter Bridge meets Airbourne’ style, and combination of Glam Rock guitar squeals and Thrash sounds. Toseland’s unique voice is really well controlled and balanced throughout, which comes through on tracks like Livin’ A Lie and Never Love Another.
Fingers Burned takes the tone down slightly to a more relaxed Thunder vibe, but with some great bluesy tones in the instrumentals and build, backed up by an orchestra. The guitar solo in this song is so powerful and raw I didn’t want it to end!
The track drains out to make way for the classic Rock ‘n’ Roll sound Toseland are already renowned for in Stranger Things, opening with a background riff which reminded me a lot of Guns ‘n’ Roses Welcome To The Jungle.
The non-stop high energy track listing goes to show this is a band who produce music they can’t get enough of, and would listen to themselves. Rather than catering for each and every potential listener through the odd addition of mellow or alternative song styles, they stick with what they know they’re best at, and ultimately what’s going to get a crowd pumped.
If you have an appreciation for Classic Rock, powerful riffs, and brawny vocals, you’re sure to like Cradle the Rage. Toseland will also be embarking on a 10-date UK Tour in support of Cradle the Rage, which is set to take place in March (dates can be found below).
Recommended Track – ‘Too Close To Call’
This is the opening track for the album, which instantly sets the perfect tone for the entire album. The thumping drums and raging riffs collaborate brilliantly with the strong hooks of Toselands dominant gritty vocals.
Too Close To Call
Puppet On A Chain
Living In A Moment
We’ll Stop At Nothing
Never Love Another
Livin’ A Lie
Waiting For The Answers
Nothin’ You Can Do About It
Cradle The Rage
Toseland ‘Cradle The Rage’ Tour Dates 2016
Sun 13th March – Brighton, Hope
Mon 14th March – Cardiff, Globe
Tue 15th March – Birmingham, Academy 3
Wed 16th March – Manchester, Sound Control
Fri 18th March – Ballymena, The Diamond Rock Club
Tue 22nd March – London, Borderline
Wed 23rd March – Cambridge, Portland Arms
Thur 24th March – Leeds, Key Club
Fri 25th March – Glasgow, Stereo
Sat 26th March – Newcastle, Think Tank