CO-OP – Co-Op

  • 7.5/10
    CO-OP - Co-Op - 7.5/10


Ellefson Music Productions/SPV
Release date: June 29, 2018

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Co-Op describes their debut as “a fiery blast of modern hard rock, with a classic edge”. If by classic edge, the band is referring to 90s era Metal bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, then this statement is spot on. A thick Grunge vibe permeates the band’s sound starting with a dark and powerful vocal mix and doubled down with a fuzzed out guitar. These elements are combined with shadowy lyrics and sludgy riffs. Put Brand New Sin, Black Label Society, and Alice In Chains in a blender and Co-op would result.

Alice Cooper, father of the lead vocalist, Dash Cooper, says the lead track, “N.O.W.”, “…actually truly rocks!” Bludgeoning might be a better description. The song sets a mid-tempo pace that’s rarely exceeded. “Old Scratch” follows with an addictive riff and backing vocals from dad. The next three songs are average with ideas which are stretched a bit too long. The band breaks out of the slump by channeling Tool. “Sleep” alternates a spooky, lilting melody with heavy hitting riffs and adds equally emotive vocals. The remaining four songs end the album on a crest. Two of the songs feature higher tempo in “Secret Scars” and the final track “Overdrive”. “Never Whisper The Truth” is a complete song with an infectious riff and the chorus hooks you into singing along.

Co-Op is more than a curiosity driven by their vocalist’s family ties. The band has recorded a solid debut delivering powerful vocals and solid blue collar musicianship. Recommended for fans of Heavy Southern Rock.


TRACKLIST (Highlights: 1, 2, 6, 9)

  1. N.O.W.
  2. Old Scratch (ft. Alice Cooper)
  3. Howl (ft. Joe Perry)
  4. Desert Dreams
  5. Theme For Ignorance
  6. Sleep
  7. Condemned
  8. Secret Scars
  9. Never Whisper The Truth
  10. Overdrive


Dash Cooper – Lead Vocals
Kolby “Beetus” Peoples – Guitar
Jeremy Tabor – Guitar
Justin Swartzentruber – Bass
Nick Spann – Drums


  • 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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