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CD REVIEW: Sex Slaves - Call of the Wild

By: Cyrus Rhodes

 

"packs a powerful punch"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 

 

Artist: Sex Slaves
Album: Call of the Wild

Label: Independent Artist
Website:
http://www.sexslavesnyc.com/

Genre: Hard Rock   

Sounds Like: Puddle of Mud, Motley Crue, Social Distortion

Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Song: Lose the Dress, Get in Line, Sik Fuk

Weakness:  No Parental Advisory Striker, Marketability

 

CD REVIEW:


New York based “Sex Slaves” release their third CD entitled Call of the Wild in 2012. Band members include Eric13, Del Cheetah, and J/Bomb. The sex Slaves are no stranger to this line of work.. For starters t
hey have independently performed over 1,000 live shows in 13 countries, and counting…all without a major label’s tour support dollars, or corporate sponsorship. This is a band to be reckoned with.

The CD explodes in your face with “W.T.F.R.U” a hard rocking intro piece that serves up driving rock rhythm, slamming guitar against heartfelt vocals from Eric13. Track 2 “Lose That Dress” keeps things moving with more full throttle intensity with its smooth as silk rock groove and no holds barred lyrical content against a grand slam chorus  Track 3 “Burning Bridges” shifts gears with its melodic guitar intro, methodical musical punch and heartfelt vocals. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Puddle of Mud, Motley Crue, The Cult, Social Distortion, Rancid to old school Suicidal Tendencies. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane hard rock CD. The music refuses to be pinned down, the vocals from Eric13 are gritty as charged but deep in your grill. Make no bones about it – this is total mosh-pit madness but there are also touches of Classic Jam band and old school Hard Rock popular in the late eighties and early nineties. I didn’t fail to notice a few blistering solos, well placed harmonies and some impressive double bass action layered along the way. Eric13’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. He reminds me a bit of Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Ian Astbury (The Cult) and Vince Neil (Motley Crue). Rhythm section - lays down low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its rock solid intensity; note for note and song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From grooving “My Black Heart” and Rock & Roll Band” to entertaining “I Wanna Kill You”, “I Swear” and “Get in Line” to hard hitting “Sik Fuk” to the rocking title track this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 13 the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

Fans of a band called "Sex Slaves" are going to get exactly what they paid for no-doubt. Further more if you don't like it well then don't listen to it - I get that. But It's fair to say there is much in the way of shock value, gaudy subject matter and profanity throughout the lyrical content. Not that that's is a bad thing really but I would advise Sex Slaves slap a Parental Advisory Sticker on future works for good measure. No doubt Sex Slaves are "all in" on some of the above when it comes to their mass appeal, hoverer I question how marketable Sex Slaves would be when exposed to a mass audience. This last comment also includes the band name.

This latest CD from “Sex Slaves” is one hell of a ride. It's a rock solid and consistent musical statement from start to finish and provides 13 tracks that will hit you right between the eyes. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of New York. Make no bones about it folks Sex Slaves are a rock and roll band that will leave behind a thousand trashed hotel rooms in it’s wake.

Cyrus Rhodes