Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Roadsaw - s/t


Roadsaw
s/t
Small Stone

To say a band gets better with every album is not only a bold statement, but it can have multiple meanings. Is it because the group breaks new ground or strikes out in a bold new direction? Or is it because the band simply just keeps refining what it already does until its vision can’t be denied? In the case of Boston’s long-running hard rock powerhouse Roadsaw, it’s definitely the latter. Picking up where 2008’s See You in Hell! left off, the Beantown quartet doesn’t do anything different than it’s ever done – it continues to blast out gritty, teeth-grinding riff rock, like a veteran biker gang that traded Harleys and speed for Les Pauls and Marshall stacks. The difference is simply this: burly, catchy, nitro-burning tunes like Long in the Tooth, Weight in Gold and The Getaway are simply leaner, meaner and more potent than any track the band has jammed before. The Saws have finally gained a truly firm grasp on slow songs as well – the luscious Electric Heaven flows like chocolate lava down a strawberry mountainside. Guitarist Ian Ross massages a variety of tones and textures from his brawny licks, drummer Jeremy Hemond drives the songs relentlessly forward and bassist Tim Catz calmly anchors it all. Frontdude Craig Riggs has turned into a world-class rock & roll singer, soulful and savage by turns – the band needs to watch it or he’ll be poached by some cash-waving, big-name has-beens who need fresh blood. But Riggs should be able to resist temptation – after, all with this record, Roadsaw proves itself the equal to its famous forebears and more celebrated peers.

- Michael Toland

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