|Rebellious Child - 'Rebellious Child' (Sonic Kave Productions)|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Monday, 21 January 2013 03:30|
Rebellious Child - awful moniker aside - ain't half bad.
Rebellious Child are a one man band and that one man is Keith Miller from Minnesota, and what starts off as something a tad lightweight and powder puff turns gradually into 'Slave To The Grind' rock heaviness.
'Dead Alive' hasn't got the best vocals but there is instantly enough of a hook to reel you in for further listening: the fact that he follows it up with (I'm sure?) a tongue-in-cheek look at exotic dancers with again awful vocals, is not lost on the listener - the man can shred, the man can play, the man can write an annoyingly catchy song (did you ever think you'd go around singing "exotic dancing..is just soft core prostitution" ?? - no, me neither!) but Mr Miller needs a vocalist - this could be twice the disc it is with a pro at the helm. 'Johnny Rock Star' is a prime example of making a hash of a it all; it's certainly not the best song on here (probably the worst, actually) but the vocals are so bad that you feel like turning it off, which is a shame because he can write a song...but the good work is ruined.
Then, for whatever reason, the songs get a touch heavier and the vocals all of a sudden sound decent enough to carry this out. 'Sometimes' sees his influences of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Helix and Ratt push further forward and the 'band' becomes a metal beast, with heavier riffing and an under belly of sneered hatred layered across the top. The bass sound gets loud on 'What's My Name', a chugging Ratt style song that carries on the heavier approach.
We then get to 'Insanity', where the 'Slave To The Grind' heavier rock sound is fully pushed up for all to see. You can see the curled lip of nastiness added to the mix and Rebellious Child turn into a post apocalyptic glam band from hell, the likes of W.A.S.P. standing in the background ready to back the band up come fight time. The darker approach certainly helps the vocals out. 'Live' carries the theme through and adds a touch of sunlight and is a head rocking tune which ironically reminds me of the band Live. Final track 'Think' carries us through to the end and you realise that this disc is pretty damn good but, annoyingly, could be better.
There is no doubting Keith Miller's talent and that Rebellious Child are a project that needs work - but really the only thing that needs to be done is to find a vocalist to share his passion and dream and take away the burden of singing.