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Leash Eye: Hard Truckin' Rock

In these days of ever increasing globalisation and the universal nature of music, it should come as no surprise to hear a band hammering out a style far from native to their own country. However I still can't help but raise a smile at the prospect of a Polish band grinding their way through twelve tracks of completely convincing Heavy Southern Rock/Metal. The band in question are Leash Eye and thankfully their take on the low slung grooves, thick riffs and growling vocals that is Hard Truckin' Rock delivers much more than its clumsy name suggests. In truth you can sum this album up through the title of track eleven here, "The Song About Drinkin', Smokin', Rollin', Rockin' And Basically Doing It All The Wrong Way", with that ethos permeating through a hefty hit of Pantera via the commercial newness of Black Stone Cherry. However interestingly Piotr 'Voltan' Sikora adds a slice of "dirty organ" (oo-er missus!) to the likes of "Passing Lane Blues" and "Been Too Long" bringing a surprising but welcome air of Deep Purple to proceedings and altering the mood just enough to avoid complete Southern clone accusations.

Vocals, or should I say, "roars and nice singing", as he is credited here, come from Sebastian "Sebb" Panczyk and a mighty job he does too, with his accent free delivery full of throaty gusto and growly howls. This brings just the right amount of bourbon soaked authenticity to major riff barer Lukasz 'Konar' Konarski's guitar barrage, allowing "The Drag" to rip and roar, "S.B.F. Anthem" to romp and cavort, while "The Age Ov Kostmotaur" lays down a groove so thick and bothersome that peasants cower and bow in its presence.

Polish Southern Rock has absolutely no right to be anything other than a cheesy disaster; that Leash Eye have fashioned an album this good from that base is impressive. The very fact that you can't tell it apart from albums by bands with roots far nearer this style's home is a true accomplishment and a compliment Leash Eye and Hard Truckin' Rock undoubtedly earn.

Track Listing
1. Fight The Monster
2. Me & Mr. Beam
3. The Nightmare Ain't Over
4. Passing Lane Blues
5. S.B.F. Anthem
6. Been Too Long
7. The Drag
8. On The Run
9. Twice Betrayed
10. The Age Ov Kosmotaur
11. Doin' It All Wrong
12. Never Enough

Added: December 16th 2013
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Leash Eye Online
Hits: 1949
Language: english

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