Sunday, January 3, 2010

DAREDEVIL - From the vault...

Daredevil - Four On The Floor EP

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Taken from my Desert Highways column on
Roadrunner Records Metalshop.com site.
February 2002.(RIP long ago...).

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=Daredevil= bio and ‘Four On The Floor’ EP review

Daredevil were born in 1998 to conspire against the “indie-noodling and angst-ridden grunge burnouts who would never admit to loving rock moves or monster lickage”. And they’ve kicked them on their arse!

Hailing from Sydney and heavily influenced by Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Black Sabbath and The Stooges, these guys have got balls the size of bowling balls and rock’n’roll that’s right up your alley!

Scoring a support with Monster Magnet early on boosted the bands profile and their first EP, ‘3rd Degree Burnout’ was released in 1999 on Chatterbox records. The first three tracks (‘All Fucked Up’, ‘Circle Work’, ‘Jesse Custer’) were recorded before they ever played a gig with the last three (‘Geezer’, ‘Go!’ and ‘Concrete’) recorded and added later. The EP received rave reviews from websites around the world dedicated to “high-octane rock’n’roll”. The band then continued touring adding support slots with Fu Manchu and Nebula to their list.

The year 2000 saw Daredevil sign with High Beam Records and release their debut album ‘Big Block Rock’. Recorded at Sound Level Studios, the 10 tracks to make the final cut were ‘Revolution 666’, ‘Blown Away’, ‘Shadow Woman’, ‘Stone Cold Groove’, ‘Supernova’, ‘Words Fail’, ‘Scarecrow’, ‘Slow Me Down’, ‘Barely Legal’ and ‘Throw The Dice’. Once again receiving rave reviews and with this release national radio airplay, Daredevil decided to release a remastered ‘Throw The Dice’ with two ‘Big Block Rock’ leftovers, ‘3rd Degree Burnout’ (previously a throw away track recorded two days after the 1999 Monster Magnet show), ‘Bloody Hell’ and a cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ as the almighty ‘Four On The Floor’ EP.

2002 sees Daredevil recording their second full-length album. Unfortunately this time round they will be without guitarist Troy who has parted ways with the band due to a difference in direction. Check out Daredevil’s website for more info. The new album is to be called ‘Rock As Fuck’ and they assure us “It will be”!

‘Four On The Floor’

“1 – 2 – 3 – 4” Straight up you’re kickin it to the awesome ‘Throw The Dice’. These guys have got it goin’ on with guitar riffs that’ll break your soul. This track is pure rock with Dave’s vocals thundering through and comes already packaged with handclaps through the chorus! What more could you ask for?

‘3rd Degree Burnout’ could be lifted straight off a Monster Magnet album. It’s got the trippy intro that meanders hallucinations from one ear to the other. A relaxed haze surrounds and then WHAM! A wall of distortion gatecrashes the party and is delivered with such muscle that even Hulk would be crouched down in the fetal position in the corner. It’s got that rockin’ rough Dave Wyndorf vocal and still the hallucinations are crazy in my head. Leather pants, pole dancers and fireworks exploding on every cymbal crash! Don’t get me wrong, this track is killer… but I can’t get the taste out of my mouth. The solo also has that Alice In Chains aroma about it.

Doubled-up guitars and even more killer riffs… “Can you feel it” alright! ‘Bloody Hell’ is an under statement as a title. This track rocks hard from start to finish. I’m still bashing my head against the speakers for more! Jason’s bass playing really stands out in this track. Subtle, understated
but hypnotically melodic at times.

Then kick back a little for ‘Jailbreak’. Originally recorded by Thin Lizzy in 1976, this track is very smooth and cruisier than the others on this EP but a perfect end after going hard.

This EP more than any other brings that dream of rockin down the highway in a ’67 Fastback to reality. It’s all there, the road disappearing under you in clouds of smoke, dragging your mates from quiet to riot in ½ a second. Fat, Fast and Furious. I haven’t seen Daredevil for a couple of years, yeah, stupid isn’t it, but I’ll be hugging the speakers next time around!

Check out Daredevil’s website at http://www.stonerrock.com/daredevil/
‘Four On The Floor’ EP and ‘Big Block Rock’ are available at www.highbeammusic.com

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Review by .anthony moore. © 2002.

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