After four years of blood, sweat and tears, the second album from California hard-rockers Thirty Round Clip is with us. And On Target is certainly worth the wait.
Produced by legendary South Bay producer Darian Rundall, the album will appeal to any who likes their rock hard. However, there is a groovy edge to this sound which allows them to a reach a wider audience.
"The sound makes you 'bump'," says drummer Rick 'BooM' Steel. "You can see this in our fanbase. There's lots of girls at our shows."
Written by Steel and singer Mike Anthony, these 13 incendiary tracks perfectly replicate Thirty Round Clip's famously raucous live shows. As the band themselves say, this is one that demands to be played LOUD! They may have been compared favourably with Disturbed, but Thirty Round Clip are not your average metal heads.
Steel, the founder and creative force behind the band even has a classical background. His ancestry includes a German classical composer, while he has been spotted playing along with Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on one of his regular appearances on www.drum-tv.com. So how did he discover the music, and instrument, he so clearly loves?
"The drums saved my life," says Steel.
A difficult childhood in a small town led to find his release in drumming and in metal. Steel moved to LA to create Drum TV and met original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward - an inspiration both before and since for Steel. They took their drum clinic on tour around music shops and Steel soon became a man in demand. He formed his first band, produced a solo album and even wrote a book on drumming.
However, it was when he met Mike Anthony that Steel could finally fulfil his musical vision and formed Thirty Round Clip. The personnel have changed over the years, but Anthony and Steel have been a constant and together have written this ground-breaking album. From the hard-riffing Flipside through tongue-in-cheek moshpit favourite Zombies and KROQish hit The Mask, and right on to the theatrical menace of Spider, this is one tight set of tunes, with not a filler in sight. Perfectly accompanied by Kevin Ogden's deep-as-the-devil bass and Ivan Manoloff taut fretwork on guitar, On Target feels as electrifying as a Thirty Round Clip live show. And that sure can't be a bad thing.
You can find TRC at www.thirtyroundclip.com and the new album is available to buy on itunes, CD Baby, Amazon as well as at Brick n Mortar stores around the world.