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.
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TRACKLIST (Highlights: 1, 2, 6, 9)
2. Old Scratch (ft. Alice Cooper)
3. Howl (ft. Joe Perry)
4. Desert Dreams
5. Theme For Ignorance
8. Secret Scars
9. Never Whisper The Truth
Dash Cooper – Lead Vocals
Kolby “Beetus” Peoples – Guitar
Jeremy Tabor – Guitar
Justin Swartzentruber – Bass
Nick Spann – Drums