Chaos in Copenhagen
The new EP from Kickin Valentina serves up a fun dose of modern sleaze rock promising an audio glimpse suggesting things to come from the band. Released by Mighty Music on Dec. 6, 2019, Chaos in Copenhagen is strongly influenced by the heavy rock music of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The quartet pays homage, while establishing its own loud, guitar-driven sound.
The Chaos In Copenhagen offering of three new songs, plus a live cut, marks the debut from new singer D.K. Revelle, whose gravelly, booze-fueled voice succinctly suits the band. The opening track from Copenhagen, “Sweat,” is a mission statement about remaining steadfast in the face of adversity. The riff takes a bit of a cue from the AC/DC song, “Shoot to Thrill,” having the legendary band’s early Brian Johnson-era swagger, but with an extra adrenaline jolt boosting the pace.
“Easy Rider” is the raspy tale of an irresistibly insidious woman. The track features an equally wicked solo at the 2:52 mark courtesy of guitarist Heber Pampillon. “Shake Down” is a mid-tempo tune which sounds like the cut would be fitting to play during an on-screen bar brawl. There is a faint acoustic harmony played during the cut’s chorus, repeated several times in the outro. The live version of “Get Ready” closes the EP. While the song’s inclusion gives the chance for Revelle to put a unique stamp on the band’s original song from the debut Super Atomic, the cut captures the energy of the band’s finale at the 2019 Bang Your Head Festival.
Fans of big choruses and chunky riffs in the style of Phil Campbell, Dust & Bones and Motley Crue, among others, will appreciate Kickin Valentina’s rock ‘n’ roll abilities as the band readies the group’s third full-length album during 2020.
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