Wasn’t I just cruisin’ along these older and newer Hard Rock and Heavy Metal records? Boring down well-worn wormholes to them offerings always does my soul good. And stellar rock and metal they used to produce and still do to this day.
So, surfing about my review pipeline later I came across a sound reminiscent to what I just heard. On Top is their name and their new EP Top Dollar is their game. And by Jove, they come along with a remarkable swagger, throwing their Heavy Metal and Hard Rock infused rock’n’roll at you with a vengeance. A fair dose of Iron Maiden, some (and only some) thrashy snazziness of Metallica and a hint of Dio. Their influences indeed serve them well.
Add to that a somewhat punk tainted delivery for some of that and totally irresistible bouts of soloing. And you have this raw, abrasive brand of rock and metal that draws you out and makes you get with On Top.
Now don’t get me wrong, the band did not re-invent the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal wheel. But they just rendered it a bit tastier. Cool that. You should have some too.
A dram of metal for yer listening pleasure: