“If you like Nine Inch Nails and King Crimson, you’ll like The New Czars’ ‘Doomsday Revolution.’” – Music Review

Members of The New Czars have worked with a number of musicians including: Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Buckethead, Bruce Dickinson, P!nk, Courtney Love, Puddle of Mudd and many more. After finishing up work on Alice Cooper and Lita Ford's latest efforts, main man Greg Hampton put together The New Czars with bass player Paul Ill and drummer David "Chilli" Moreno. The result is a very experimental, but entertaining piece of work. It's so original it's not bound to any particular genre. It's kind of like progressive, industrial, rock, pop music.

 

In a lot of ways Greg Hampton seems to be channeling Chris Cornell when he sings. Is he as good as Cornell? Who is, but he does kind of share the same tone as Cornell. Much of the album is like Soundgarden meets Nine Inch Nails with a little King Crimson mixed in for good measure. This music certainly isn't for everybody, but if you're into musicianship and experimental sounding music I really think you should pick up The New Czars' "Doomsday Revolution."

 

Some stand out songs to me start with "Confessions." Confessions just starts off with this fast intense pace and never lets up. It's not Slayer fast or anything, but it is so constant, almost as if it's building and by the end of the song you're almost exhausted. "Confessions" contains some great guitar solos throughout as well.

 

 

 

Another standout is "Desperate." Have you ever wondered what Nine Inch Nails would sound like if they were a jam band, kind of like Gov't Mule? "Desperate" might answer that question for you. When the song hits the chorus it just starts to build and I love that. "Desperate" is one of the more mellow sounding songs on the album, with its almost rootsy/industrial feel to it.

 

"Don't Watch Me" reminds me of a song you would see playing during a brutal death scene in a torture porn type horror movie. I'm thinking the weapon of choice would have to be a drill, maybe a dentist drill, hell maybe it is a dentist committing murders to this song. During the chorus the song lightens up a bit while saying "Don't Watch Me."

 

There are sixteen songs on the album, so there are a lot of standouts for me. "Brush With the Devil" might be my favorite song on the album, because it is very progressive. The guitars and drums complement each other so well while doing totally different things. The guitar riff is fast and jumpy while the drums just seem a bit faster or slower than the guitar; maybe both I can't figure it out which keeps me coming back. This album probably won't get a lot of radio play due to its originality. If you're into bands like Nine Inch Nails or King Crimson I think it might be worth checking out The New Czars' "Doomsday Revolution." It's definitely an experience. The album is in stores now.  Check out The New Czars at http://www.myspace.com/thenewczars.

 
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