SANTA CRUZ

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Bad Blood Ris­ing

M-THE­ORY Fin­nish hard rock­ers fail to ful­fil their clas­sic re­mit On the sur­face, Santa Cruz are just an­other hard rock band with a taste for the pomp and blus­ter of the 80s. On closer in­spec­tion, they’re nowhere near that in­ter­est­ing. The Finns’ sec­ond al­bum is so des­per­ate to be re­garded as a clas­sic rock record that it very nearly suc­ceeds through sheer au­dac­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, while the band are clearly un­der the im­pres­sion that they are chan­nelling the chart­bust­ing über-con­fi­dence of Bon Jovi and Skid Row, Santa Cruz share far more mu­si­cal DNA with the wet-let­tuce end of al­ter­na­tive rock, with all the Dis­ney Chan­nel sug­ari­ness and dim-wit­ted, grit­free emot­ing such an af­fil­i­a­tion en­tails. Com­pare this to the lifeaf­firm­ing AOR bom­bast of H.E.A.T or the thrilling, ra­dio-rock gloss of The Night Flight Orches­tra and be in­stantly ap­palled that this ex­ists at all. Clas­sic rock, yer arse. This is hor­ri­ble. FOR FANS OF: BLACK VEIL BRIDES, BON JOVI, FOZZY

DOM LAW­SON

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