Games Meet Metal: Spraying Hair Spray and Using Moose: Taking Dawn's Time To Burn: The Riff Review

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Spraying Hair Spray and Using Moose: Taking Dawn's Time To Burn: The Riff Review

Okay, confessional time. Long before I was enamored with blast beats, deediley-doo guitar solos, and "anything-core", I was big into hair bands. That's right, cock rock. I fully admit to owning cassettes for Poison, Warrant, Winger, Danger Danger, Whitesnake, and many more. Actually, my first bit of music I ever bought was a copy of Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, and that's when it was NEW! But as all trends are, the hair metal faded away among the rise of Metallica and the grunge explosion.

For a long time, I tried to hide my past association with the 80's rockers due to the fear of not being tr00 or  br00tal enough. Yet, I would still hum Skid Row's Youth Gone Wild and a good chunk of the power ballads from that time (yes, even that thorny roses song). Now, that I'm approaching my mid-30's, I'm beyond the tr00 and br00tal labels and am able to look back on some of those bands of yore and even take a peek at some of today's bands trying to invoke that sense of 80's excess. Some crashed and burned (ever heard of Beautiful Creatures?) and others have made a killing off it. Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold are two good examples of success stories. Now I think I can another possibility to the list.

Taking Dawn's Roadrunner Records debut is a hard rock album straight from that era. Gratuitous use of the f-bomb? Check! High pitched screaming? Check! Simple yet effective guitar solos? Check! Actually, the guitar playing and soloing are my favorite parts of the album. Way too many bands these days who are trying to get that musical spirit of the 80's back feel they need to pretend they're a coked up C.C. DeVille and just play all over the place. Not so with Taking Dawn. Streamlined and in tune (something C.C. never mastered) are the rules here. Let's not forget our contractual power ballad, "Close Your Eyes", which is still hard rocking without getting too sappy (Warrant's I See Red, I'm looking at YOU!).

About the only negative thing I can point out about the album is the unnecessary cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" to close out the cd. Lopping it off and stopping with track 10, "Endlessly", would of been just fine. Plus, it sounds very weird for any Fleetwood Mac song to be that rocking. Mac has quite a few reasons for being mellow, and I bet two of them were "heroin" and "shagging Stevie Nicks like crazy."

I say "Time To Burn" gets a score of Rippin', but it's certainly not for everyone. If your morning routine consists of drinking the blood of a just-born goat, reading Terrrorizer magazine, and listening to Cannibal Corpse's "Fucked With a Knife", then Taking Dawn isn't isn't gonna be your cup of tea...er, blood. In fact, you may just want to fuck ME with a knife for giving them a good score. To that I say tough. Also, the cops will be knocking on your door soon, ya nutcase.

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