Sound: Pop Evil has slowly been establishing their name amongst other rock acts by playing shows with P.O.D., Puddle Of Mudd, and Daughtry. With their Pazzo Music debut, the band has put out an album that is sure to win over some more fans on their conquest for an even bigger audience. The record starts with lead single, 'Hero'. The song quickly establishes the band and their album. The track features catchy rock vocals with steady moving guitar chords and a rhythm to back both. The song also features a guitar solo that really establishes that the band is ready for the move to a bigger label and audiences. The song is probably the best pick on the album to grab attention of the listener and make them want to listen to the rest of the album. The next two songs, 'Breathe' and 'Shinedown', feature the same general sound as 'Hero' except changing up riffs and rhythm of the song. The lead guitarist for the band is definitely established as a good guitar player often shying away from rhythm to show his skills as a guitarist. '100 in a 55' starts off more as a soft rock song with acoustic guitars and soft vocals, but suddenly builds to rock ballad type track. The song is one of the stronger tracks on the album, and it really shows the band to have more than one side to them. 'Another Romeo & Juliet' immediately starts with a shredding guitar, and again, establishes the lead guitarist to be a good guitarist.
The song draws out to show more of the guitarist's skill. 'Stepping Stone' is another strong song on the album showing the band? s other side of their music. 'One More Goodbye' is a song that really shows the band to be less of a metal band and more of a rock band that can be heavy when needed. The song starts off softer, but it still keeps it's general rock sound. 'Ready or Not' is comparable to 'Hero' as far as their heavier sound goes. The album's closer, 'Hard Highway', is a good rock ballad. It sort of sounds like 'Poison's' Every Rose Has it's Thorns', only it has been redone in the band's own style. The song itself is a pretty good closer, but it is nothing amazing. It definitely shows that previously mentioned other side of the band. The album itself has a great overall sound; it just lacks a spectacular sound. It lacks that sound that truly would set this band apart from other bands in the rock music scene. // 7
Lyrics: The band? s lyrics are pretty good overall. The lyrics are notable and definitely show the band to be serious about their music. Their lyrics are relatable to their target audience, which is always a plus. The vocals of singer Leigh Kakaty are defiantly memorable to the listener. His scratchy rock vocals fit the band's style of music adequately. Overall, the band has pretty good lyrics and vocals. // 8
Overall Impression: Pop Evil has released an album that will defiantly put them on the map of mainstream rock. The band has everything they need to be big; all they need is the push. The band? s lead single 'Hero' will defiantly give them the push they need. I think this album has everything the band needs to be a good rock band. Though somewhat generic sounding, the band will be sure to get some radio and video play. Fans of Alter Bridge, Creed, and Shinedown will definitely enjoy Pop Evil. Pop Evil has been steadily growing so be sure to listen to them now before they are the next big thing in rock. // 8
- Dylan Newell (c) 2008