MON­STER TRUCK TRUE ROCK­ERS

Jug­ger­naut drum­mer pow­ers glam Cana­dian riff-rock

Rhythm - - BEAT! - (CBu)

You can prac­ti­cally smell the diesel on the mus­cu­lar rock from the aptly named band, but this four-by-four isn’t just four-to-the-floor. Steve Kiely is a cul­tured rock drum­mer; his ar­se­nal of clas­sic rock chops backed up with stick­work fi­nesse. If the drum­ming could be de­scribed as ‘in­tel­li­gent’, the same can’t be said for the song ti­tles; ‘Thun­dertruck’, ‘Denim Dan­ger’… you know where they’re go­ing be­fore the first power-chord. Still, the Truck pull their weight among some solid in­flu­ences, from KISS to QOTSA, The Stooges to Skyn­ryd.

At times, Kiely chan­nels Philthy Phil lev­els of power, but he can hit the brakes too, adding neat cross-stick and pedal-step­ping to ‘Devil Don’t Care’, while ‘Young City Hearts’ has emo­tive vo­cals and hooky guitar-lines as Kiely pounds his kit with fear­some fills.

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