With a “subtle” name like Massive and a debut album titled “Full Throttle” you’ll excuse me if I was a little sceptical at the outset here.
The band’s biography informed me that they were “assembled from parts lying around Melbourne in 2012” and that this four piece band “are a volatile macho-rock engine fuelled on adrenaline, lager and a determination to party hard.”
And they’re not wrong!
This 11 track debut release on Earache records is classic, sleazy/dirty hard rock at its best. These boys were born 20 years too late and should have been strutting up and down Sunset Strip circa 1987/88 giving the likes of Guns N Roses and Motley Crue a run for their money.
“One By One” is the opening track and the first single release from the album. Right from the off the pedal’s to the metal with this high-octane track. A stadium anthem of the future?
“Dancefloor” is another future anthem, with a bit of an indie feel to it. Awesome bass riff at the beginning. Definitely more mosh pit then ballroom dance floor!
“Lacey” adds another dimension to this debut with its cowbells and 1950’s rock’n’roll influences. Chuck Berry lives and would’ve been proud to jam with the boys on this one.
The most commercial track on “Full Throttle” is “Ghost”. A beautiful rock ballad that radio stations are sure to adore. Set mid album it also serves to give the listener a brief pit stop to catch their breath. For me, it’s my favourite track on the record and the vocals send sparks through me every time I hear it.
“Best of Both Worlds” adds another twist in the road here. A future head banging classic, this song would’ve been a huge hit if you could turn the clock back to 1987. Gorgeous soulful additional vocals by Kristy Jinx really make this one of the stand out tracks for me.
Title track “Full Throttle” feels like the most aggressive on the album. Everything about it is just that little bite edgier, the vocals have a more raw feel to them, and the overall style is more metal than rock but it definitely hits the mark. The lyric that stands proud here is “I’m right here just try and stop me.” No one would dare!
There are four bonus tracks on the CD, if the first 11 haven’t been enough, including outstanding covers of ACDC’s “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) and Aerosmith’s “Rats In The Cellar”.
“Full Throttle” is set to be one of THE releases of 2014. Massive have struck the perfect engine balance here –classic well written tracks, catchy sing-a-long choruses that fans adore, powerful riffs, a Hell of a lot of talent and an injection of RnFnR!
The only thing preventing me from giving this 100% is I feel there’s a lot more horsepower left in that engine and I hope tobe in the pit lane when it roars into life next time out. This album is Massive!