I remember when the band Kix released “Blow My Fuse” in 1988. The songs “Cold Blood” and “Don’t Close Your Eyes” really got me on board with them as a great rock band. Back then, the mood of heavy metal was graced in spandex, Aqua Net, and monster guitar solos. With bands like Poison, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard leading the revolt on teenaged hairdos, Kix made their statement with a raw and straightforward brand of metal.
Kix played their hearts out and quietly rose up the charts with “Blow My Fuse” going platinum. What stood out was front man Steve Whiteman, whose voice was an identifiable one, much like that heard in AC/DC or Cinderella.
Since “Blow My Fuse,” Kix released two albums in the next few years, staying under the radar musically until this year, with the upcoming release of “Rock Your Face Off,” due out August 5 on Loud & Proud Records.
“Rock Your Face Off” picks up where Kix left off, with the album’s classic sounding rock songs involving chicks, fast cars, and faster moments. Granted some of the lyrics are throwbacks to the “cheesiness” of its era, such as those found in the songs “Dirty Girls,” “Love Me With Your Top Down,” and “Tail On The Wag,” overall, this album is a great rock effort by an underrated group of guys.
This album portrays a band whose only job is to give fans a temporary get away from their normal lives while having fun in the process. What’s amazing is Kix delivers this album 19 years since its last one, and Whiteman and company do so very well.
“Rock Your Face Off” Track list:
1. Wheels In Motion
2. You’re Gone
3. Can’t Stop The Show
4. Rollin’ In Honey
5. Rock Your Face Off
6. All The Right Things
7. Dirty Girls
8. Inside Outside Inn
9. Mean Miss Adventure
10. Love Me With Your Top Down
11. Tail On The Wag
12. Rock & Roll Showdown
Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He also is the author of the novels, The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray, Hello Lesbian!, Hello Fabulous!, and Anonymous. Visit him at www.tanamor.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.