Album Review: The Rocket Dolls – “Eyes”
The Rocket Dolls – remember them? They released a brilliant EP and played the circuit a few years ago, even winning ‘New Band of the Year’ at the 2010 Pure Rawk Awards, but then they disappeared. Turns out that was because frontman Nikki had two pretty significant operations and subsequent illnesses.
By all accounts, however, he’s now back on form, as is the band, and this debut album catapults The Rocket Dolls back into our lives in the most glorious fashion.
The powerful, driving riffs and gritty, grungy vocals are back with a vengeance. From the insistent pounding of the fist-pumping album opener Poisoned Speech to the throbbing headbanger that is the final track Across the Night, this is an album which doesn’t let up. In particular the title track Eyes is a pummelling and swooping attention-whore begging to be cranked up to eleven.
The Dolls’ beautifully heavy and melodic sound is incessant throughout and the quality of the tracks is consistent, there is no lesser track on this album. There is, however, an absolute gem in the first single to be released Burning up the Skies. It’s a gorgeous grunge metal canvass painted with a blinding smear of eighties hair metal guitar solo; a master class in cross-genre balladry.
This is a very strong debut album in every capacity; songwriting, musicianship, production – it can’t be faulted. The Brighton-based trio have an awful lot to offer and deserve a lot of recognition for this one.