Rebellious Spirit: Gamble Shot review Oct28

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Rebellious Spirit: Gamble Shot review

Rebellious Spirit Gamble ShotFans of the 1980’s LA metal scene rejoice. There is a new band rising up through the ranks called Rebellious Spirit. They are not just keeping the hair metal sound alive, but are set to teach their contemporaries a lesson in what it takes to create an album that not just deserves a listen, but demands one.

Their stunning debut for SPV records, Gamble Shot, does that and then some. First off, let’s not call it hair metal, because this band is so much more than the hair on their heads. Overflowing with alluring hooks and soaring choruses, they have crafted an album of the highest caliber, one that would have dominated radio in 1987.

When you first hear the maturity of the songwriting combined with the precision playing and polished solos, it’s hard to believe that the band, comprised of brothers Jannik Fischer on guitar and vocals, Jens Fischer on bass, Silvio Bizer on drums and Corvin Domhardt on guitar, are all under the age of 20.

Formed in Bisingen, Germany in 2010, the band has accomplished quite a bit in their short career. Playing over 40 shows, including the Rock Of Ages Festival, all the while winning over fans with their unique brand of sleazy goodtime rock n roll. The band lives by the credo “We play what we enjoy” and that Rebellious Spirit is reflected in the music they make.

The album comes out of the gate with both guns blazing, with the infectiously catchy, Poison meets Pretty Boy Floyd inspired “Let’s Bring Back.” That leads to the record’s true gem “Sweet Access Right.” “Cry For You” mixes White Lion and Enuff Z’Nuff with pulse pounding results. Up next is the classic ballad “Change The World,” that could go toe to toe with Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home.” It is followed by the extraordinary lead single and video “Lights Out.”

“Gone Wild” and “Don’t Leave Me” are a couple more intoxicating rockers, sure please fans of Dokken, Ratt or even Judas Priest. “You’re Not The Only One” is a larger than life power ballad that sounds like Steel Panther emulating Skid Row.  This one is destined for greatness. “Forever Young” is another outstanding powerhouse rocker that embodies Faster Pussycat, Reckless Love and H.E.A.T. The album closes as strongly as it began with the fist pumping anthem “Rock It.”

Here’s the bottom line. This album is brimming with engaging and accessible hooks and melodies, that draw the listener in and refuses to let go. Had it benefited from slightly better production, it would be in the running for AOR album of the year.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

-Eric Hunker