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Image: 33 Love Child, Heavy Metal News, Reviews, Interviews33 Love Child
33 LOVE CHILD

So many times, new bands get all wrapped up trying to reinvent the musical wheel so much that they forget to actually showcase the core influences that made them what they are in the first place. 33 Love Child is a band that features vocalist Whiskey Diamond, who many metalheads might remember as the vocalist behind ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman's solo material some years ago. That said, he's brought his strong voice together with some qualified musicians to create an album chock full of material that doesn't really break any new musical ground, but just kicks ass because of one simple reason - it rocks.

33 LOVE CHILD is a straight forward, in your face rocker that brings forth a lot of old school fare; specifically in the guitar sounds and tones. While Diamond may be the "face" of the band, guitarist Ricky Charles is by far the best reason to get into these guys. Listening to a song like "Give It Up" as an example, you can hear that Charles has taken his cues from both the 80s metal era as well as some of the 90s hard rock bands that mattered. His sound is unique to itself - featuring a lot of the more gallopy 90s styled riffs that powered so much of the active rock radio stations for so many years, but then unexpectedly unleashing a surprisingly 80s-like, almost Tipton-like solo in the middle to give the song that extra bit of blast that will lure both young and old fans into this band's music. Not only does he showcase these styles, but he shows an acoustic flair at times as well. Songs like "21" and "Can't You See" both prove that Charles would be an interesting player to hear regardless of if his guitar required a plug or not. To say the least, Charles is an extremely skilled player whose sound is very unique upon itself. It works in a big way here.

While Charles may be the reason I personally think this band rocks, there really is no denying that Whiskey Diamond is an amazing, compelling singer. He has a bit of rasp to his voice, but that's more coloring than a lack of skill. There's a soul to his sound, and at the same time there's an absolute power when he wants to unleash that only the best vocalists have shown in the last 25 years. Listening to a song like "Bitch", you literally feel the pain and disgust as he spits out the chorus of "I don't need your bullshit, bitch". It's real, and it's pretty obvious that this song came as the product that was said in a very ugly argument. He also brings a full on, soulful experience on the band's cover of The Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See". In short, he brings it strong throughout.

PITRIFF RATING - 87/100 - While there's nothing here that you haven't heard before, 33 Love Child is a solid new band that's virtually a lock to entertain fans of hard rock and heavy metal ranging from the radio friendly harder rock music of the 90s through the more traditional metal of bands from the 80s. Full of cool rockers and a lot of soul, 33 LOVE CHILD is a band that's probably going to be around for awhile.

Chris Akin

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