In a time of extremes, why hold back? Italian duo The Straddlerz are going all-out for their debut, self-titled album of hard rock. Here, they showcase a love for genre, vibrant energy, and a playfulness with sound.
The truest rock and roll is that done with a passion. Between the soaring vocals of Linda Filippin and the guitar prowess of Michael Reynal, every track on this record carries the foundational elements developed by acts like Guns n Roses and Metallica. “No Changes” jumps right in with technically excellent guitar solo and relentless energy.
On “Circle of Insanity”, energy is key as the softer opening lurches into something expansive and chaotic. Later, “I’m Alive” showcases that this vibrancy carries into grunge territory. Alive, indeed, and always powerful.
Where the Straddlerz excel is when they play with tone. “Don’t Go Away” is a juxtapositional highlight for its creeping melody and softer opening. When it launches, it’s like an itch being scratched. “Junkie Bastard” concludes the album on a modulated tone. The effects linger, as does the song at over five minutes long. The placement is intelligent: you won’t want this journey to end.