DIRTY THRILLS – Heavy Living

DIRTY THRILLS - Heavy Living
  • 8/10
    DIRTY THRILLS - Heavy Living - 8/10


Frontiers Music
Release date: September 15, 2017

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London’s Dirty Thrills, self-described as filthy rock ‘n roll, serves up hot and greasy Blues Rock on Heavy Living, their second full-length album. It’s their first on a worldwide label. The quartet of vocals, bass, guitar and drums sounds similar to Rival Sons. The pleasing mix captures the heavy blues power of each element without any individual distraction. The guitar and bass employ a slightly fuzzy tone giving the sound bulk. The driving drums are properly throttled. Louis James, the son of Moody Blues singer, Nicky James, delivers clean, powerful, charismatic and righteous vocals.

From the low flowing groove of the opening track “I’ll Be With You” to the rollicking closing track “Get Loose”, Heavy Living is riveting. “Go Slow” and “Law Man” follow the opener and showcase the bands mastery of catchy lyrics and massive guitar hooks. They throw in some harmonica and a clap-along chorus which will serve them well live. Unafraid to slow the pace and lighten the riffs in “Rabbit Hole” and the ballad, “Lonely Soul”, these songs showcase their individual talent. Other highlights include the slow building thunder of “No Resolve” and the anvil heavy doom riffing of “The Brave”.

Heavy Living is a Blues Rock revival. The songs are polished and vary in tempo and style enough to provide an engaging experience from start to finish. Highly recommended for fans of heavy Blues riffing Classic Rock.



  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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