Review: Dear Superstar - Damned Religion
ötley Crüe about them, whilst the more pounding and rapid Our City Sleeps has a greater reminiscence of the definitive modern sleaze rock group Buckcherry, which is obviously aided by the guest guitar solo from their Stevie D. to add to the mix. Meanwhile, tracks like Sirens and Tomorrow with a grungier vibe with the prominent rapid velocity contains much more a relation to many modern southern rock groups a la Black Stone Cherry and Shinedown. My final spotted similarity can be found in closer Crystallized which with it's surprisingly pretty shimmering lead guitar backdrops which reveal a talent within the group for creating textures made me think of some of the layers of various sounds and effects that were present on Bones, the latest album from High Wycombe's Young Guns. That's unlikely to have been viewed as influential though. Both albums were released on the same day y'know. However, the frenzied impassioned performance from Dear Superstar across the album reveals a clear attention paid to their fellow hard rock and heavy metal peers.
Of course, if you know of Dear Superstar, there's a good chance you'll know about all the bands I've just mentioned here as well and you'll realise that all these bands really do have their similarities, so Damned Religion is on the whole pretty low on variation and tracks can blend into one at times with a lack of stand out moments or moments of true astonishment.
So, this album gives Dear Superstar a chance once more to reveal their talent for mixing classic sleazy hard rock with the juddering adrenaline and fury of modern heavy metal but it shows that the band still has room for improvement and shows that their next steps are to come back with a bigger sound that they can truly adapt upon and call their own.
Dear Superstar's Damned Religion is out now via Demolition Records.