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Ditchwater 'Never Say Never' Album Review By JD Rich

Ditchwater

Never Say Never

Pavement Entertainment

August 7, 2020

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Welcome to National Happiness Happens Month! We’re kicking off August with a big reason to be happy: Ditchwater is back with their 7th album, Never Say Never, to be released on National Beer Day (August 7)! So, we have happiness, beer, and new Ditchwater! I’m already smiling from ear to ear so hard my cheeks are cramping!

 

First of all, I have to say that the band’s name totally betrays their high-octane hard rock. You see, “ditchwater” is used to describe stagnant, dirty water...and there’s absolutely nothing stagnant about this fivesome from Chicago. Except maybe the dirty part, but it’s a fun, brazen kind of dirty, and I’m down with that! Ditchwater is all about being hard and fast without losing meaning. Here, they prove quantity and quality can co-exist, and rather superbly at that. Never Say Never delicately balances on the verge of Thrash Metal, but still manages to hold on tight to impacting melodies. This combination calls to mind bits of Volbeat, Disturbed, and a hint of Godsmack.​

 

It's not only about hardcore power riffs, insane fretboard work, and brain-bashing percussion (although all those elements together kick ass!). Ditchwater takes a step back for a couple modern-day metal ballads...with teeth. “It’s All About You” and “Hands Held Out” show a more easy-going side of intellect and feeling. “How Many Times” leans more towards a classic Metallica feel, but updated with Ditchwater’s signature punch to the head. For Never Say Never’s grand finale, the quintet tackles Motörhead’s iconic “Iron Fist” and what a way to wrap up an album! My gut tells me the spirits of all three original Motörhead members were right there with Ditchwater when they laid this track down. There is no doubt in my mind that Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Taylor, and Eddie Clarke are in the afterlife cranking this version up to 11. It’s not a cheesy cover to fill time. This is a heartfelt tribute to established legends, with equal parts respect, talent, and musical passion.​

 

I don't want to spoil anything else for you, so this National Beer Day, make happiness happen for yourself. Hoist a frosty one to Ditchwater’s latest EP, Never Say Never, because “It’s All About You” The Way You Are."  Bottoms up!

 

 

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