The first guitar strains ring out like an anthem singing, “Rock’s not dead. Rock’s not dead.” Not that the faithful ever doubted, but for the fallen, Beasto Blanco returns to lead you out of the wilderness.
Beast Blanco is fronted by Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and features some pretty wicked vocals by Alice’s daughter, Calico. This rock and royalty outfit released their first CD Live Fast, Die Loud in 2013, to wide-spread critical acclaim and earned the endorsement of some Hollywood heavy-hitters like Johnny Depp and Nicko McBrain. The eagerly anticipated self-titled Beasto Blanco was produced by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Mr. Big), and features 11 seductive tracks that have been burning my earbuds up since it dropped on 11/26/16.
Remember when drums pulled in a hook before the heavy riffs threw down? Remember guitar solos that ripped the roof off the stadium? This is that rock and roll. It’s not your mother’s rock, and it’s not your daughter’s rock. This is your rock, the roots of the horns we throw, the neck that dives the head into a full-on bang. It smells of fingertips singed by lighters held high in the air and it sounds very much like your bible camp counselor pleading with you to burn your Black Sabbath album. It’s beautiful, dirty, and alive. Garric’s gritty vocals rumble the soul like a low-rider and push the music deep into your gut. Late for an appointment? Blast “Blind Drive” and you’ll make it in no time. Hungry? Crank up “Feed My Frankenstein” and feast on the brilliant cover by none other than the god-daughter of shock rock herself. For dessert, slip into something sexy and try a little “Honey.” You can spin this CD anyway you want: shuffle it, rip it apart song by song, or listen to it from cover to cover. What you can’t do is listen to it quietly, or just once. Resurrection or manifestation, Beasto Blanco is proof that rock and roll is alive and kicking.