They hail from Hollywood but there is nothing made up or phony about these straight ahead metalists. With a fervor that makes you want to fire up the air guitar, these guys give you a blast of the power metal that we have all grown up with. There is nothing fancy here, just straight ahead rock and roll that doesn't try to be anything more.
From the very beginning this disc is a great mix of terrific guitar hooks and meaty vocals that deliver the crunch that will keep you banging your head until the pain becomes too intense to continue. With songs like "Living The Lie", "Dead On The Inside" and "Cold" leading off this disc, you will very early on become a disciple of the House of Freak.
The best thing about this disc is there is really not a weak spot on it. Well, they remake of the song "Plowed" could have been left off, but even it is still decent although unnecessary. They do include a very good cover of Radiohead's "Creep" and one cover is plenty.
Vocalist Rob Escher has the grit and gravel to make this group a staple on the radio and their approach will draw legion of fans from the Buckcherry and Black Label Society crowds. This is not music to make you think, it is music to make you move. Matt Clark's guitar riffs are some of the most ear catching in recent memory. You will have their melodies stuck in your brain for days as you to shake them from your consciousness.
For a good dose of everything that is good in rock and roll, you will not go wrong with Freakhouse. I expect to hear more good things from these guys in the future and have thoroughly enjoyed this disc. Guess it just takes me back to the days when metal was not the many genre animal it is now. It was just a brand of music that attacked the central nervous system and refused to let you listen in peace!
1. Living The Lie
2. Dead On The Inside
5. Motion Sickness
6. No Way Down
7. Pushing Away
9. Tommy's Revenge
12. Listen To The Voice