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Kickin Valentina 'The Revenge Of Rock' Album Review By JD Rich

Kickin Valentina

The Revenge Of Rock

Mighty Music/Target Group

January 22, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Hey Y’all! This review takes us south of the Mason-Dixon Line. This time, we are off to the capital of the Peach State, home of Coca Cola, Atlanta Underground, Little Five Points, and rockers Kickin Valentina. Yeah, I know there are way more features to list, but this is about music, and I’m not a tour guide. You get the idea.​ 

January 22nd marked the release of Kickin Valentina’s third studio release album, The Revenge Of Rock, and boy is it back with a vengeance! We are taken back to the glory days of rebellious youth devouring the typical rock-star hedonism, when political correctness was considered more obscene than any wild indulgent behavior. To that, I say it’s about fucking time. There are no subtle poetic allusions, no deeper meanings, no restraint. This is exactly what the title says it is: The Revenge Of Rock. Kickin Valentina is here to party, and any restrictive inhibitions are thrown out the window.​

D.K. Revelle’s leather-lunged vocals are gloriously commanding. Think along the lines of Brian Johnson (AC/DC) or Motörhead’s legendary Lemmy (R.I.P). Revelle can rein it in when needed, and the lyrics are much more understandable. Good singers are able to form a musical alliance with their guitarist, resulting in a (sometimes notorious) pairing...Steven Tyler/Joe Perry, Mick Jagger/Keith Richards, Axl Rose/Slash, Ozzy Osborne/Randy Rhodes (R.I.P.), etc. Such a pair is created here with Revelle and guitarist Heber Pampillion. Multiple spotlight moments feature Pampillioin, and not a single bit is wasted. His is a talent that sounds part chromosomal, part ass-busting hard work. I would put him against any legendary guitarist, and I have no doubt he could more than hold his own.​

As far as drummers go, Jimmy Berdine sounds like he could very well be the musical love-child of John Bonham (R.I.P) and Tommy Lee. There’s an aggressive confident attitude mixed with a no-bullshit policy that’s heard in his style. It’s loud, fun, and ruthless. (I just realized there are a ton of R.I.P.s here, but if you’re going to play with the big boys, you gotta throw in some big names. Unfortunately, a lot of them are no longer with us.)​

Working in tandem with percussion is bassist Chris Taylor. Not only does he run an assist with advancing high energy, but he also varies chord progression, adding a thicker layer of sound and breadth. For some inexplicable reason, visions of Guns-N-Roses bassist Duff McKagen sprung to mind. In fact, there were a lot of instances G-N-R came to mind, and I’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with kilts.

Kickin Valentina is all about straight-up Rock. No frills, no subgenre offshoots. They are the kind of band that can whip up crowds (in a good way). Energy projected on The Revenge Of Rock is the key element of music festivals (remember those?) I would love to see them at a live show! I’d be fist-pumping the air with all my brothers and sisters of Rock. Hell, I might even flash a booby or two- just not mine. You’re welcome.

 

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