CD REVIEW: Jolly Roger - Virus
By Don Sechelski - 10/25/2009 - 08:03 PM EDT
Artist: Band:Jolly Roger Album: Virus Website:http://www.myspace.com/jollyrogertheband Genre: Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock Technical Grade: 9/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10 Commercial Value: 9/10 Overall Talent Level: 9/10 Songwriting Skills: 9/10 Best Songs: Rigor Mortis, virus, dogma, epidemia CD Review:
Virus is the new
release from Spanish rockers, Jolly Roger.
Picking up where their previous CD, Holokaust
left off, the pride of Barcelona combines hard hitting metal rock with sweet
harmonies and the vision of a future world decimated by manís greed and
contempt for nature.
Xavi Juan provides vocals and guitar, Franceso Res brings a biting
lead guitar while David Ruz and Toni Hidalgo play bass and drums, respectively.
The first tune, Rigor Mortis, sets
the tone with a dirge-like opening that quickly morphs into heavy guitar riff.
The band explodes into frenzy and weíre off. The title tune, Virus, is a hard rocker featuring
dueling harmonic riffs from Juan and Res.
There are a number of tasty cuts on Virus but one of my favorites is dogma. Juanís vocal screams with Resí guitar as Ruz and Hidalgo lay
down a rock steady beat. Another good
tune is epidemia. Though not a ballad, itís a slower, bluesier
song that provides a nice contrast to the driving metal rock that makes up the
rest of the CD.
The lyrics on Virus are in Spanish but the music is
universal. These guys rock across all language barriers. Donít hesitate to
check out Virus from Jolly Roger.
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