KRIS BARRAS BAND 'DEATH VALLEY PARADISE' ALBUM REVIEW


For album number three Kris Barras Band has stepped up from middleweight, blues rock, to fully-fledged rock heavyweights.


For album number three Kris Barras Band has stepped up from middleweight, blues rock, to fully-fledged heavyweights.


The album shines with anthemic, headbanging, stadium rock and it's clear from the opening salvo that the former cage fighter and his band have seriously upped their game. 'My Parade' is defiance writ large while 'Wake Me When It's Over' offers a more introspective sound. Overall Barras' vocals are stronger and his guitar work is more definite this time around.


'Death Valley Paradise' is inspired by diesel-driven American hard rock. This is perhaps no surprise as Kris Barras collaborated with songwriters Jonny Andrews (Three Days Grace, Fozzy), Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Airbourne, Rob Zombie), Blair Daly (Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry) and Zac Maloy (Shinedown, Tyler Bryant). A cursory glance at that list will tell you that those are artists who like their rock played with the gloves off - and yes to make another fighting analogy, this time round Kris Barras had a no holds barred approach to his music - and it suits him.