Driver - Countdown 2012

My last encounter with the voice of melodic metal, Rob Rock was in album Garden of Chaos, his solo album in 2009. Fact is in May 2012, Rob Rock done his latest recording with Driver as the band and release album titled "Countdown". Driver the band itself has a long history, emerged as melodic metal act in late 1980, was Rob Rock's project with acclaimed guitarist/producer Roy Z. With his first class voice, Rob Rock has hired in many project, and Driver is perhaps his least known band.

Nevertheless, this album is a faithful melodic metal outlet. It's surprisingly easy listening and familiar riff. Rob Rock voices actually made most of the song even "standard" tunes in metal. Stuff like the second theme riff of Feel the Fire is actually really generic but the a class one. Return to the Sky is powerful  opening act with its arpeggio intro. We then presented by five catchy song from Rising Son to Cry of the Wounded, which is all excellent tunes, great riff great song writing. Always on My Mind is the only slow song and then another four metal track to make up a total of 11 tunes we have here.

Those who missed Rob Rock in the last three years will found this album absolutely stunning welcome back of Rob Rock. RR had been with Impelliterri in both their solo albums and this collaboration with Roy Z give you some different feel. Band member Reynold Carlson, their original Driver's drummer provide prime beat for them, backed with bassist Aaron Samson and Ed Roth in bass and keyboards. Especially the bass line are also brave enough to be in pair with the guitar, in  One of favorite underrated metal album in 2012.

Metal Harem class: ******** 8 stars out of 10

Driver Countdown 2012
RockZilla Records

1. Return To The Sky
2. Rising Son
3. Countdown
4. Hollywood Shooting Star
5. Thief In The Night
6. Cry Of The Wounded
7. Always On My Mind
8. Feel The Fire
9. Destiny
10. Running From The Darkness
11. Babylon

Driver Futuristic Cover Art

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