ALBUM REVIEW: Holy Fever - The Wreckage

American Hard/Punk Rock band Holy Fever formed in 2011, consisting of Todd Cooper, Samantha Barbera, Neeraj Kane, Brian Masek and Andrew Black.

All of the members already have previous experience within the Punk-Rock industry, each member also being in other bands during the 2000s, including Suicide File, The Hope Conspiracy and Give up the Ghost.

The band has been relatively quiet until very recently, before the release of their debut album they had released two EPs which both try to go back to a more 60s rock and roll style when the genre was finding its feet. However, this album mainly tries to go back to the Punk Rock style of the 00's. The Wreckage is the bands first attempt into a more alternative kind of rock, which can suit many different listeners.

From giving this album a listen, Holy Fever has aimed to create an album, which provides a lot of styles with the Rock and Roll genre. This is shown by their title track Duress, which is a short and easy listening opening song, the song actually sounds like something that would come from fellow American Band Queens of the Stone Age, specifically their opening track from their third album Songs for the Deaf.

However, the song does feel a bit too repetitive and considering the rest of the album, it doesn’t really fit in; this is because lyrically, these songs become more varied and experiment with more styles. For example, the songs We Are The Wreckage and Someday follow a style, which goes for more of a Indie Rock style, specifically taking notes from the likes of The Strokes and even signs of Razorlight.

This album even involves tracks, which sees the artists go back to their Punk Rock genre roots. Songs like Border Blind and The Failure Card truly capture this and due to that it is some of their strongest tracks in the entire album.

Overall The Wreckage is a good album, which offers a huge variety of genres for the listener to enjoy. You will get many different flavours to choose from when listening to this album, it provides a load of familiar music traits that people can recognise and enjoy, however there is not anything new that makes it stand out from others.

Looking at the bigger picture, this is an album that we would definitely recommend that you listen to.

By James Macbeth

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