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Radio Free America
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Kidd Comet
Radio Free America
N/A
2008
Rock
Brian Rademacher
N/A
www.myspace.com/kiddcometuk
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4.5 stars

Ya know being a rock photographer for the mighty Metal Forces magazine back in the day I got to meet and photograph some great bands, but to tell you the truth I never heard of KIDD COMET, who is a band that emerged back then. That’s a real disappointment because they had some kick ass members that included front man Casey Michels and guitar wiz Ronny North. The members have changed but KIDD COMET and Michels stuck to their roots and never gave up hope.

Maybe a little older and a little wiser KIDD COMET are back with their new sixteen track release “Radio Free America”. Michels’ vocals can be compared to a mix of Geoff Tate of QUEENSRYCHE and Dirk Kennedy of HITTMAN with the same ability in reaching the high notes with ease. The short intro of a foghorn sounding with a female voice warning a launch with sirens blasting as all hell breaks loose with the opening song “Switchblade Serenade”. I swear chills ran down my back like it did in the 80’s when bands had a searing opening track as they ran onto the stage. Where the hell did those days go?

I mean this shit is like a dream come true! The production could have been a little bit better but show me the money these days. Remember back then all you got was a cassette with some shitty Xerox cover and really bad production. This is nothing compared to back then. I am just saying the sound quality isn’t major label quality, but it is still very good.

KIDD COMET really captures that 80’s sound and I am totally happy with this amazing release. The glam 80’s sound and style has hit again in Europe and I hope that movement finds it way back to the US and with Indie labels such as Perris, Chavis, Retrospect and the new label Onnian, magic will once again reign if they have their say.

You gotta check out “Unforeseen Change”; oh man, killer background vocals and axe man Tyler Raines stepping it up a notch. But wait until you here “City Silence”, which is my favorite tune off “Radio Free America”. Some slide guitar, acoustics and annihilation with some bluesy sounds to rock the hell out of you! Michels is simply phenomenal with his vocals going from a soft whisper to just plain raising hell. Great tunes!

You like QUEENSRYCHE? Then have a listen to “Inner Sanctum”. That’s all I am saying about this track so just have a listen for yourself. It’s great! Another amazing tune is “Toy Solider” and what makes this one come to life is the great chorus and harmonies, and once again Casey’s vocals and the shredding by Tyler Raines are miraculous.

Another kickin’ tune is “Here I Am” with a more melodic pop style and heavy crunching chorus bringing greatness to KIDD COMET sound, but when you want to hit the hearts of babes you have to get sentimental and you will get that too with the track “Hold On To The Night”. I could go on and on but this is simply a killer CD that should be added to your collection.


Band Lineup:
  • Casey Lee Michels - Vocals Guitar
  • Tyler Raines - Guitar
  • Juergen Webber - Guitar
  • Salem Micheals – Drums
  • Chris Van - Bass

 

Track Listing:
  1. Switchblade Serenade
  2. Bottom to Tongue
  3. Unforeseen Changes
  4. City Silence
  5. Inner Sanctum
  6. Winters Song
  7. All Night With The Lights on
  8. Toy Soldier
  9. Postcards
  10. Masquerade (A Vampire Song)
  11. Heaven’s Falling Down
  12. Gotta Getta Gunn
  13. Human Animal
  14. Here I Am
  15. Kiss…Kiss… Bang! Bang!
  16. Hold On To The Night

 

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