Roadkill – God Bless America (2007)

Roadkill - God Bless America

Roadkill – God Bless America (2007, independent release)

  1. Get Outta My Way
  2. Day After Day
  3. Living In Hell
  4. God Bless America
  5. Hollywood
  6. Lazy
  7. King Hit
  8. Sex Machine
  9. Incubator
  10. Last Man Standing
  11. Locomotive
  12. D.F.W.M. (Don’t Fuck With Me)

Roadkill band photo 2007

Band Lineup:
Neil Steel – Vocals
Zig – Guitars
Craig Shepherd – Bass
Keith Kenny – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Brett Collidge – Vocals
Tanya Cook – Vocals

Produced by: Roadkill & Brett Collidge

Total Time – 42:32

Roadkill MySpace page

Roadkill is out to prove that Hard Rock is not dead in Australia with their debut Album, GOD BLESS AMERICA. Well, they’re right! Hard Rock is not dead in Australia, it’s thriving! A couple of years ago, Jet hit U.S. shores with a Top 40 debut and now Airbourne has taken the Metal world by storm by offering what AC/DC and Rose Tattoo should be. So where does Roadkill fit in? After giving this CD serious spins, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are way behind their contemporaries in Airbourne and they need to improve dramatically.

There are problems with this album:

First is the songwriting, I’ve heard it all before. Basically, if you bought a half-dozen Hard Rock albums in the ’80s then you’ve heard all the Rock cliches, and Roadkill uses them everywhere. Listeners are smarter than that today.

Second, the production is terrible. The bass is barely audible on most tracks, the guitar tone weaves in and out and it’s hard to discern where solos begin, and the drums crash right in front most of the time. If the bass and drums had a better mix, the songs would improve drastically. The vocals get the worst treatment. Neil Steel obviously puts his guts into the performance but he gets killed by being way up front in the mix. He just sounds like a big monotone mess on most songs.

Third is the vocals. There are some range/power problems for Steel. There are times when you think he’s going to hit that high note and take the song up a notch but he goes the safe route and keeps it all level. That’s a minor problem though. There are famous frontmen in the Rock world that lack range but they have the power to make that song go. It’s very possible that I’m not happy with the vocals due to the production.

I can see where the band is going with the music, there is some promise in certain songs and it all has an ’80s Sunset Strip vibe to it. The problem is that kind of music comes off dated when it’s not done with a more contemporary feel and I wonder if the guys have what it takes to improve and tighten up. Then they need to find another producer and let him produce, the band needs to be led in the studio and not have a hand co-producing.

Bottom Line:
Average Hard Rock from an Australian bar band. Production is bad and the band needs to tighten their sound and write better songs. Neil Steel needs to expand his vocal abilities rather than play it safe. There is potential but this is more like a rough demo than a real album. Favorite song: ‘Hollywood’ (maybe).

6 comments on “Roadkill – God Bless America (2007)

  1. These guys contacted me about a review too. I told them sure and then pointed them to a few hr/hm blogs that I read. Then I checked their myspace page and emailed them back and told them not to bother since it wasn’t my thing. After reading this and Metal Mark’s review, I think I did the right thing (turning it down, not pointing the band to others).

  2. Roadkill are so damn good. Ease up a bit. Maybe the lyrics could be more deep but other than that they are a great band and excellent to witness live. You have to look at the album for what it is. It is not a great recording because they, like so many of us poor as shit musicians, don’t have the cash to finance anything better. Give them a break, they are doing well.

  3. James – I understand what you’re saying but I call it like I hear it. I appreciate the band’s efforts but the end result is subpar. I was kinder than most who reviewed it and I tried to put a positive spin at the end. When I review a CD, I think to myself:

    “Would I buy this album with my hard earned cash?”
    “Did I spend my money wisely?”

    I commend the band for continuing on and I would review a second album but I won’t pull any punches in a review whether its Roadkill to Primal Fear to Led Zeppelin.

  4. Couldn’t agree more! Roadkill – for what’s it’s worth recorded 12 songs in 3 days that’s why it sounds so demo like – IT IS!

    If you’d like to donate let’s say $100 K for production – I’ll bet it’ll sound a 100% better! Ask any band with cash behind them!

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