Thursday, September 10, 2015

KORITNI: "Night Goes On For Days"

Rating: RRRR
Label: earMUSIC/Edel 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Rock N Roll Ain't No Crime - It's just a matter of trying to entertain as many as possible without getting caught with yer hands in the cookie jar? In this particular case, the Ozzies of Koritni are baking their cookies and working the cliches with just the right amount of ingredients and the fun attitude. Let's face it, music works in circles or cycles. These lads are merely trying to recapture the simple yet effective guitar rock attitude of the seventies and eighties.

Night Goes On For Days is the band's 4th studio album. Produced by singer Lex Koritni (not the best of band name), the album was mixed by legendary producer/mixer Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, etc.) and mastered by Ryan Smith (AC/DC, Guns N' Roses). It sounds bloody fantastic actually and opener, Horns Up, sets pace and standard of the entire album. Lex captivating vocals take the lead as the music dips into the party pool of rock, a fun side to the AC/DC and Dirty Looks music being more than hinted at. Deeply impassioned and nostalgic, there's something enthralling about the simplicity of the track.

Try To Live (A Little Bit) being more passionate and towards the U.K. rock of the early seventies. Rock N Roll Ain't No Crime, another favourite with its pedal to the metal riff and sing-a-long refrain. You simply can't resist shouting along to the lines of ain't no crime. The fun breakdown is very tongue-in-cheek and cheeky indeed. Although Acca Dacca almost put a full stop on Aussie guitar rock with their Back In Black (no one will ever top that record?), this is an album that drives on the ozzie tradition of loud guitars and shouting.

Don't go thinking it's all AC/DC though. It's a little bit of Southern Rock, English 70's (Free, Bad Company) and the Thunder debut. Bits of Tesla and Def Leppard's High N Dry? The title track is the 50/50 mix of Tesla and Def Lep's High N Dry. Great stuff. The band was also honored to have legendary drummer John Coghlan of Status Quo, for his first studio recording since 1985 as guest on the song Water Of Life. Keep it simple, keep it rocking. Nice!

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