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Dan Lorenzo - Cut From A Different Cloth

Label: Independent release
Format: CD
Released: 2005
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Dan Lorenzo's third release in 13 months and this time around the songs come across better and more as a band effort. Something like '1974' which is the third track on the disc, has heavy riffs and an approach to the delivery which combines elements Kiss's "Hotter than Hell" and Dan's other band Hades. This track probably would have been a good choice to start things off instead of the instrumental and opening phone call piece. 'Clintonesque' has vocals very similar to Rob Zombie to this simple and stripped down song. There are even times when his approach to the delivering the song has an influence of the band White Stripes, in the vocals too. 'You Wanted the Best' ironically starts with a classic Kiss concert intro while the song its self does not sound like Kiss. Throughout each song has a consistent deep guitar tone, Sabbathy at times.

 

I think this is the closest thing Dan had written that will appeal to fans of Hades also. More spice and energy this time around, take for example the instrumental 'PHD in Cleveland'.

Dan still includes tracks that are tongue and cheek, playful in nature, something that keeps the album on the whole grounded in a "garage band" place of expression.

 

 

 

Dan Lorenzo - Nice Being Alone

Label: Independent release
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Dan Lorenzo, of the Jersey band Hades, takes it upon himself to release another album available through his website. Dan obviously has no interest in what's going on in music, doesn't follow any of the trends, and doesn't even seem to be influenced by the different sounds heard in Heavy Metal today. His choice in guitar sound and song arrangement are heavy, not that long in length, even the track that features Blitz from Overkill on vocals is only like 2 minutes long. All vocals, guitars and bass were performed by Dan. Some songs like 'My Level' will remind you of Hades, the guitar tone is rather Sabbathy and dark especially on 'Nothing'.

 

As far as music that has a cool hook and chorus it's really not present. Dan seems to write more from an artistic and expressive place. 'Keep it Together' has one of the more creative riffs that adds a flow and better than many of the other tunes. Given the song title (and some spoken dialogue), something like 'F Bombs for Everyone' was a fun song obviously and not taken too seriously when recorded.

Judging from the cover picture of Dan's boots on the street and the overall direction of the album, the music comes from just that place, the street, with attitude and what he sees going on around him. Something a little different and more down to earth than your average sounding Heavy Rock record both in sound and content.

 
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