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Last Chance (digital)

Last Chance is the new US-based hard rock band featuring singer Frankie Rage, guitarist Dave Baron, bass player Rob Phillips, and drummer Jordan Cannata.“Light The Fire” kicks off the album in an 80-oozing sleaze-oriented vein, with an almost punky vibe to it, a bit like MC5 meets early Skid Row (the US band that is). Cannata is driving the song, with Frankie’s practically spitting out the words. “Sick Of It All” takes it in a different direction with a heavy funky, sort of Last Crack-type vein, with a chorus that throws it all in a different direction, almost going into Cheap Trick’s pop-melodic territory. “Breakin’” continues even further into the funk territory. A strange and quirky song that made me think of Fishbone, with yet another Cheap Trick-style pop chorus. Great funky slap bass playing from Rob. “Gotcha Back” offers yet another variation in style, more of a shuffle-style mid-tempo rocker with a garage rock vibe. For some reason, the letters OMFUG appears before me (well, if you know, you know). Cool shreddy solo from Dave, too! The musical schizophrenia continues when “Human Eyes” suddenly takes us into southern-style pop/rock territory, with singer Frankie adding his almost punkish vocal attitude to the mix. “Tattoo” takes us back to CBGBs garage rock vein, and it reminds me a bit of a modern Tuff Darts (a band I like). “Don’t Wanna Be Your Man” starts a bit heavy but turns into an acoustic number which reminds me quite a lot of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Frankie does sound a bit like Brett Michaels. “Tough Titty” is another piece of sleaze-oriented rock in the vein of heavier Poison or Faster Pussycat, while “Anything But That” is a semi-ballad, leaning more into the reign of southern rock. Still, they lose me in the chorus with the vocals following the guitar chords too closely. The album ends with another funk-oriented quirky thing entitled “Kamikaze,” with a straight-ahead, almost punky chorus and a shredding solo from Dave. In conclusion, I will admit this is not really up my alley, and I do have a bit of a problem with the vocals, which have a bit too much punk attitude for my taste, but the album does have some highlights.

By Janne Stark

I'm a Swedish guitarist, writer, and record collector. I've recorded a bunch of albums/C.D.s with bands like OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, BALLS, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, ZELLO, PLANET ALLIANCE, plus made guest appearances on stuff by NARNIA, AUDIOVISION, CHRIS CATENA, FAITH, BLINDED COLONY, THALAMUS, M.O.B., TOWER OF STONE, VII GATES, etc. I'm currently involved in the following bands/projects: GRAND DESIGN, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, OVERDRIVE, ZOOM CLUB, and CONSTANCIA. I've been writing for magazines like FUZZ, Backstage, Kool Kat News, Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, etc. I still write for, and, plus I'm the author of the three volumes of "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal"! I have a lovely wife, two crazy cats and two beautiful daughters.