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Josh Todd
You Made Me (XS)

By: Mike SOS

Remember Buckcherry, the heirs apparent to the rock throne vacated when Axl went awry and the world grew weary of Corgan, Manson, Love, and Reznor? Seeming to fizzle and fade away, Buckcherry's anthem to hard living "All Lit Up" is still a staple in many roadhouse jukeboxes nationwide, while Todd's rumored collaborations with Guns 'N Roses (becoming Velvet Revolver) amongst others, went by the wayside. Until now, as Josh Todd and new band, titled after the tattooed singer, roar back on the scene with a tweaked hard rock attack well worth the time away from the game. Building an interesting mix of a thunderous nu metal attack coupled with Todd's raucous rock 'n' roll spirit, the 13-track release shows a much heavier side to Todd's rockstar vocal approach. While there may be a bit less frontman swagger and a slew more anger displayed than you'd expect, thank the boys in the band for their hunger which propels the metallic wrecking ball on such tracks as the bridged old school/ new school metal flavor of "Flowers and Cages", the radio friendly yet bottom heavy groove of "Broken", and the chunky guitars of "Slave". While a lot of the lyrics lack the depth of Deftones and Tool, much of the aggressive nature the music takes follows from the mid-90's metal movement, providing You Made Me with a current sound with the timeless hard rock attitude. Josh Todd is back, and the new band that bares his name is worth a spin if you dig real hard rock.
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