TRUCKER DIABLO – Tail End Of A Hurricane (2021)
Released by Bad Reputation Records, “Tail End Of A Hurricane” is the new album from Eighties inspired rockers TRUCKER DIABLO. With song titles such as ‘Rock Kids of the ’80s’ you know what this is all about: fun, guitar driven melodic hard rockers to have a good time.
If you are looking for an upbeat, full throttle return to heady days of big riffs and sweaty gigs then Trucker Diablo are just the band you need. Frontman Tom Harte and the guys have been busy during the lockdown and have produced 13 tracks to help your mental well being and take you to a very happy place.
Opening track ‘BTKOR’ (Big Truck Keeps on Rollin!) does what it says on the tin, that big truck keeps on rollin’ and it takes no prisoners. Built on a huge riff that steamrollers anything in its path you are left in no doubt that the boys are back and they mean business.
‘I Am Still Alive’ is a joyous tune that will have you singing along with a smile on your face. Big melodies and even bigger choruses are the order of the day and the guys deliver by the lorry load.
Anyone of a certain age (guilty as charged) will relate to the next track ‘Rock Kids Of The 80s’. With a trail back through some of the bands and tracks of the decade’ it will have even the most hardened harking back with misty eyed reminiscence. This song is also set to be a live favorite with a good opportunity for a bit of crowd participation.
‘Don’t Hold On To Hate’ and ‘Set The Night On Fire’ continue the hard rocking soundtrack with excellent guitar work from Tom and Simon Haddock. The album title track then blows in and takes us on a whirlwind trip including a full-on mid-section complete with a great guitar solo.
The lyrics of ‘Insects’ cleverly cover the subject of feeling isolated, alone and the curse of (anti)social media. The refrain of ‘it’s ok not to be ok’ is a strong message to get out there, especially in the current climate, and the guys do an admirable job here.
The pace slows a bit on ‘The Edge Of Tonight’ before the brakes are further applied for the opening of ‘The Trade’. The pressure is quickly reapplied to the accelerator though and the riffs are soon back to cruising speed. ‘Burning Heart’ then rocks solidly on a base of drums and bass provided by Terry Crawford and Tim McGurk respectively.
The big truck then pulls a bit of a DeLorean ‘Back To The Future’ move which transports us back to the late ’60s with ‘Woodstock To Vietnam’. This track looks at the different perspectives of American teenage life during that period from the viewpoint of two friends whose lives took very different paths.
‘Slow Dance’ lightens the mood again with its straightforward rock before we are taken on a final journey to the coast, or possibly beyond, with ‘Bury The Ocean’. The riffs on this one are like relentless waves pounding the shoreline as the hurricane hits shore and takes you on one hell of a ride.
Trucker Diablo have used their lockdown time well and have produced an album that is uplifting and hard rocking in equal measure.
The band’s previous records have shown that their love of harmony and melody coupled with huge riffs is a winning formula and here they have captured the spirit that has prevailed over the past year into 13 tracks.
‘The Big Truck Keeps On Rolling’ should be a metaphor for the resilience of society in the face of the pandemic and this juggernaut shows no signs of stopping.
02. I Am Still Alive
03. Rock Kids of the 80’s
04. Don’t Hold on to Hate
05. Set the Night on Fire
06. Tail End of a Hurricane
08. This Burning Heart
09. The Edge of Tonight
10. The Trade
11. Woodstock to Vietnam
12. Slow Dance
13. Bury the Ocean
Tom Harte – Vocals / Guitars
Simon Haddock – Guitars / Backing Vocals
Jim McGurck – Bass / Backing Vocals
Terry Crawford – Drums