|De La Cruz - 'Street Level'|
Roxxi Catalano- Lead Vocals
Casey Jones- Guitar
Rory Joy- Guitar
Grant Daniell- Bass
Lacey Lane - Drums
1.) "Street Level" - This track opens with a lead guitar effect. There is a second lead guitar effect that opens the musical intro. To kick off the musical intro Roxxi sings "Come On". The drum line opens with a snare fill. After two measures there is a minor leas guitar solo. After the minor solo there is a huge vocal accent This vocal accent was very reminiscent of a lot of the vocal accent lead singers done in the eighties. There is an Eddie Van Halen influenced lead guitar effect connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. There was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for then line to a snare drum/ton-tom musical verse. Roxxi's vocals reminded me of someone from the eighties however at the moment I cannot think of who. In between the second and third lyric lines of the first verse there is a backing vocal accent. There is another backing vocal accent in between the fourth and fifth lyric lines. For the pre-chorus the band slowed the B.P.M. (Beats Per minute) down For the pre-chorus Lacey lane switched from a standard hi-hat drum line to a snare drum/tom-tom pattern. In between the four lead vocal lines of the pre-chorus there are four backing vocal lines. Lacey switches back to a standard hi-hat drum line for the musical chorus. The chorus had a huge eighties hard rock hook attached to it. After the second chorus there is a lead guitar solo section. For the first couple of notes of the solo Roxxi sings a few vocal accents that were very reminiscent to the vocal accents Steven Tyler does. The solo was a classic eighties hard rock lead guitar solo. There are several snare drum fills underneath the first half of the solo.
2.) "Girls Go Wild" - Lacey counts the song off.. The first pre-intro drum line consisted of a tom-tom fill followed by eight triplets being played on with cymbals crashes. The fifth, sixth and seventh cymbal crash triplets were connected with tom-tom fills. After the seventh triplet lacey locks in the time using his foot on the hi-hat pedal. To connect this pre-intro with the main intro section there is a small vocal scream. There is a cowbell rhythm to open the drum line of the major intro arrangement. Connecting the second pre-intro with the main musical intro there is a very short minor lead guitar solo. The way the guys arranged the lyric lines of the musical verse was reminiscent to the early lyric arrangements Derek Davis of Babylon A.D. wrote on their freshman release released September 1989. You can also tell by Lacey's drum Line that Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) was a huge influence. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern. There is a rhythm change for the musical verse. The lyrical arrangement of the chorus is almost the same lyrical arrangement as the chorus of Babylon A.D.'s - "Bang Goes The Bells" taken off of their self-titled release released September 1989. There is a small snare fill connecting the first musical chorus with the second musical verse. The lyric lines of the choruses had a late eighties underground hard rock hook attached to them. The opening solo section was done with several lead guitar solo licks over the top of a drum like that consisted of tom-tom fills and cymbal crashes. At the tail end of the solo lacey added a short opening & closing hi-hat pattern. Underneath the rhythm guitar that is leading into the third chorus it sounded like Roxxi whistles. The third chorus was arranged just a little different than the first two choruses. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the musical coda.
3.) "Turn It Up" - This track opens with the band singing "everybody turn it up" before going into the musical intro. The musical intro opens with a pick slide. After the pick slide there is a very simple rhythm guitar over the top of a hi-hat pattern. Underneath the last couple of notes of the second measure there is a snare drum fill. There is a small snare drum fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The rhythm guitar riffs of the musical verse had a very simple hard rock feel to them. For the fourth lyric line Roxxi sings "no, no, no" this short vocal line not only included a backing harmony. However, there was a drum fill that followed along with the lyrical phasing. There is a short riff change connecting the musical verse with the pre-chorus. The choruses of the song were kept very simple. Roxxi's vocal sound reminded me a lot of Jason McMaster of Dangerous Toys. There is a breakdown section connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo section. For the breakdown Lacey switched from a standard hi-hat pattern to a tom-tom rhythm. It sounded as if both Rory and Casey play on the solo.
4.) "Legions Of Love" -This track opens with a backing harmony. Instead of a standard musical intro this ballad opens with a couple lead vocal lines over the top of a musical arrangement. The drum line of this section was done with the tom-toms along with Lacey keeping time on his hi-hat. The rhythm guitar riffs of this section are just about as simple as they can get. As this section progresses Lacey adds a couple snare fills to go along with the tom-tom pattern. After what I believe is four measures (as I did not count them) the band kicks-in the verse. For the musical verse. Over the top of the end of the first measure and the beginning of the second measure of the musical verse there are four backing vocals. After the backing vocals there is a minor lead guitar solo. Over the top of the minor The guys repeat the same four backing harmonies. The same backing harmonies the band sang right before the solo. This lead guitar solo was pretty intense for a minor solo. To me, I felt Roxxi's vocal sound was very reminiscent to some of Joe Elliott's (Def Leppard) early vocal sound. The rhythm guitar riffs of te musical verse were kept very basic. Instead of a standard hi-hat rhythm for the musical verse Lacey plated a tom-tom and snare pattern. Lacey also kept the time by opened and closed his hi-hat. For the musical verse Lacey switches to a standard hi-hat rhythm. Over the top of the second measure of the verse there is a repeat of the pre-verse backing harmony. This lead to a second minor lead guitar solo. There is a backing harmony over the top of the second minor solo. As a musician myself I could have done without the backing harmony over the top of the solo. The chorus had a huge late eighties Def Leppard hook attached to it. The major solo is after the thurd chorus. The minor solos blew the major solo away! The minor solos were so good I don't even know why they added a major solo.
5.) "Gimmie Some"- In some ways the rhythm guitar of this intro was a little reminiscent in sound to Eddie Van Halen of the late seventies. There is a lead vocal accent connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. For the musical verse one guitarist continues the rhythm guitar arrangement that was used for the intro. Over the top of the main rhythm guitar a second guitar arrangement kicks-in. This second guitar rhythm differs from the first. There is a small lead guitar lick connecting the opening musical verse with the opening lyric line. Underneath the lyric lines of the musical verse Roy and Casey begin playing the same rhythm guitar arrangement. This guitar rhythm underneath the lyric lines had a very simple feel to them. After the sixth lyric line there are four backing vocal accents. These types of vocal accents I've heard Donnie Vie of Enuff Z' Nuff especially on their 2004 release titled '?'. There is a hi-hat pattern change underneath the backing vocals. The lyric lines of the chorus consisted of four lead vocal lines then two backing vocals. Then they alternated between lead, backing, lead, backing, lead, backing vocals. This was repeated one more time. There was a lead guitar effect leading into the second verse. For the second verse it sounded as if Lacey opened sod closed the hi-hat of the drum line. I'm not sure however I do not believe he did this on the first verse. This opening and classing of the hi-hat gave the second verse a certain dynamic the first verse did not have! After the second chorus there is a short breakdown arrangement that lead to the lead guitar solo section.
7.) "Dreaming" -This is one hell of an song that is very reminiscent of eighties hard rock!!!
8.) "Invincible" - HOLY CRAP THIS SONG WAS AMAZING!!!!!!
9.) "Worlds Collide" - This track opens with a lead guitar riff. As the lead guitar arrangement progresses a bass and drum line kicks-in. There is a snare drum and tom-tm fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. For the opening musical verse the band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement as the into. There are a couple vocal accents over the top of the musical intro leading into the open lyric line of the first verse, There is a lead guitar scale connecting the first and second lyric lines of the first verse. The guitar and drum work are amazing on this song! After the first chorus there is a small music arrangement change. After the second chorus there is a musical rest. There is a huge musical change for the coda.
10.) "S.E.X." - This track consisted of no intro section. For this song the band kept the musical arrangements very simple. Vocally Roxie reminds me of someone however right now I can't think of who. For me the highlight was the drum line.
11.) "Set The Night" - This track had a classic eighties sound to it.
12.) "Shine" -This was on HELL of a ballad!!!
If you are into eighties Glam/Sleaze Metal than this release is for you!