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NEUTRAL BOMBS – ‘Pretend To Fly’ Album Review

NEUTRAL BOMBS – Pretend To Fly

Neutral BombsThe new album from Swiss based punk-rockers, Neutral Bombs was released on June 2018th on Sliptrick Records. The band cover life and death, Gay pride and pointless violence on a wide ranging powerful eleven-track effort.

The opening guitar lick to Still Shout sets the scene for a Pennywise/Bad Religion melodic punk rocker full od hard hitting hooks, searing riffs and pounding drums. It is an excellent starter and rocks along with some excellent group vocals and guitar work. The following song, No Attitude motors along at 200mph, features the group backing vocals supporting a melodic lead vocal and Alive And Well shows a pounding, rhythmic side to the band with some head-banging monster riffs and a soaring chorus!

On Dancing In The Moonlight, Neutral Bombs up the pace again with a gravel-throated lead vocal adding to the overall atmosphere as the band hammer out a muscular punker. The churning Never is full of menace and first wave punk vibes whilst Exit is driven by a signature vocal and technically excellent punk rock backing and an emotional chorus.

Raise Your Glass (Not Your Phone) is a super fast rant against cellphone culture and just nails it in a short, shard hook to the gut and Fights is a melodic punk rock track with serrated guitars, roller coaster chorus and pummeling drums. Pride is the celebration of Gay Pride arriving in the conservative city of Lugano is a Clash inspired effort full of pace and power and the penultimate song, Ship Of Fools is a manic sea shanty of a punk rock power that will have your whirling around in drunken revelry.

The album closes with Wait Too Long where the band expand the length of the song to drive home a hook laden track to encourage a seizing of the day set to a punked up glam rock vibe.

This is a great album, well played, produced and packaged.

Get Pretend to Fly by Neutral Bombs here: https://neutralbombs.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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