The cutting edge. “Vive Le Rock” (Go Down Records)

The band’s press releases calls Vive Le Rock a “high-voltage, real deal rock experience!” Formed during the late summer of 2007, after two self-produced EPs and a live album, Volcano Heat reveal themselves as true fans of the late sixties-early seventies rock scene and sight bands like The Kinks, Black Sabbath and even the White Stripes as influences. Formed in 2007 by Luca Picchetti (guitar, vocals) and ex-Lola Rent bassist Silvano ‘Gene’ Zamarin, the duo quickly found drummer Andrea Vianello and the trio were plugged in and ready to go.

With their first long player the band set the bar high with a quick jolt of electricity through songs like the foot-stomping “These Days”, the rattling “Shake Your Head” and the blazing fuzz monster “Restless”. They even tackle a woolly version of Beatles classic “Come Together” and actually leave their own stamp on it using a thick bass riff and augmented vocals. Not the easiest thing to do as a three-piece but their confidence and production denotes a band that’s not easily intimidated.

There’s a slight hint of Scandi-rock through most of the records 11-tracks, certainly in “Dead Leaves” and “The Sky” as they pull from the Hellacopters and Gluecifer with layered guitars and a charging rhythm section. Other tracks are more subtle. “White Rays White Heat” fuse a sixties garage attack with a punkish start/stop bridge. The pacing is quick tempo-ed and full volume. The disc really heats up with “I Remember” as Picchetti does his best Jim Morrison growl through the verse before the band come in raging. The feedback in the last 30 seconds is worth the price of admission alone. Drummer Andrea Vianello gets his own chance to shine in the jarring Green Day-like “Today”, a track that’s not only catchy but has great melody. Production plays a big part in the record’s ability to literally leap forward and capture it’s listener. Nicely placed “Everything Is Right” quietly closes the disc as the only ballad. Soothing, soulful and artistic, its one and a half minutes holds the frayed ends just long enough to hit the repeat button.