This Is NWOCR Volume One (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*
Tags and Genre labels have been with us in force since the 70’s but people have always been looking for shortcuts to describe the music that’s out there and these days the amount of tags and genres are mind-boggling and quite confusing.
For those who long for simpler times what could be better than ‘NWOCR’ (though in my day Classic Rock was just plain old Rock) – NWOCR of course is the ”New Wave Of Classic Rock” and here we have ”The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1”.
Featuring 42 red hot tracks and an exclusive bonus, “This Is NWOCR Volume One” is a double CD compilation album that features a selection of the best and current NWOCR artists that have been carefully curated by the NWOCR team and RPM / Rock People Management. Some of these are remixed versions for this compilation.
‘The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1’ is an album that’s been made for the fans by the fans, in its truest form. Within the beating heart of this compilation resides an abundance of passion and drive that knows no boundaries.
“We’ve been looking into the possibility of putting together a NWOCR compilation CD since last year, and thought that right now would be absolutely perfect timing to release the definitive version of a set of tracks from bands who together define the genre”, explains Richard Brindley (NWOCR).
“With the help of all of the fans of all the bands, and the ever growing membership of the NWOCR Facebook Group, we want to get this CD high up into the UK compilation chart, and raise the profile of the movement and the bands to a massively wider audience. This could be the truest execution of people power; a compilation by the community, for the community.”
So we all love Classic Rock we all presumably love some of the new bands that make use of that wonderful template and back in the days prior to streaming compilation CD’s and albums were a wonderful way to hear new stuff so why do we need this release?
Well the answer is the quality and the scope on offer for those who either don’t stream or just want a nudge to check out some new stuff. The problem of course like with all genres comes with definitions. To me Classic Rock is rather specific, but we’ll get to that shortly.
Opening with Massive Wagon’s ‘Tokyo’ is just the trick and exactly what I would hope for and expect. But we’re only a song away from controversy as I would rather wonder at Mason Hill’s classification as playing ‘Classic Rock’ (I am rather partial to them though), ore the more harder sound and with a contemporary feel of rockers Hollowstar, though it’s a bloody good song they offer.
There’s some great stuff to discover though and that of course is the real joy – discovering it. I love the Hard Bluesy rock of These Wicked Rivers ‘Shine On’; I love the rather punky Anchor Lane track, and the rolling groove of Empyre’s offering, and while none to me are really Classic Rock they’re just great rock songs.
Deeper in ‘Dax & Roxane’ I love – now there’s a band with a real Classic Rock sound and ‘Without You’ is a great introduction. Deeper still Sons of Liberty’s ‘Fire & Gasoline’ is an interesting mix of AC/DC and Southern Rock.
Aussie’s Massive add a cool new Hard Rocker, and Everyday Heroes do a nice line in Bluesy Rock but Elles Baily really is Blues and rather fine too ‘Woman like Me’ certainly had me checking out her latest – which I guess is the point here.
The rest of the first disc is equally enthralling though whether it’s really a ‘New Wave of Classic Rock’ is pretty debatable, though Scarlett Rebels certainly are – ‘No One Else to Blame’ is one of my favorites here.
Everyone else you haven’t heard of are probably worth checking out too – I was cranking the fiery groove of Wolf Jaw’s ‘I Ain’t Ready’ and whilst Tomorrow is Lost are intriguing enough I’m not sure many would label them Classic Rock, even in its new wave. Cool song though.
To be honest there’s a lot of heavier stuff on here than I imagined and a lot of the ‘Classic Rock’ has a nice heavy edge eschewing often a little melody – ‘War Machine’ by Dead Man’s Whiskey is a cool stomp hung off a great riff that fits that bill.
Of all the acts on the first disc Germany’s The New Roses ‘Whiskey Nightmare’ is the best offering here – a classic song even if it is nine years old! Something I guess that in turn has you wondering what the ‘New’ in New Wave of Classic Rock might mean? And if you want to hear some real classic rock then check out Shape of Water’s ‘The World IS Calling Me’ which whilst sounding contemporary certainly has all the elements of a classic rock track.
And Revival Black and Gin Annie that close out the first disc are both great and worthy of your attention too!
Disc two again has some great songs and the mix is just as diverse. Again we open strongly with Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons ‘Son of a Gun’ and offerings from the likes of ‘The Dust Coda’ whilst not exactly making you shout “Classic Rock!” are still worth checking out, as is the Melodic Metal of SKAM.
Collateral and Bad Touch are of course both bands to whom that ‘Classic Rock’ epithet applies and both are well worth checking out. I love Gorilla Riot too but they push the definition in a good way. Thundermother of course everyone loves AC/DC-fueled rocking.
King Creature though again are great but I’m not sure fit many people’s definition of ‘Classic Rock’ and Rews certainly aren’t. And in that respect the second disc plays out rather like the first – there’s Classic Rock and more harder rock.
To sum things up both discs here contain a similar mix of bands that you might consider Classic Rock and many you might not – but in the end, all are strong, very good rocking bands. Pretty much everything here is quality, and when you’ve got this much great music / bands on there to discover it’s a real joy.
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01 Massive Wagons – Tokyo
02 Mason Hill – DNA
03 Hollowstar – All I Gotta Say
04 These Wicked Rivers – Shine On
05 Anchor Lane – Fame Shame
06 Empyre – New Republic
07 Daxx & Roxane – Without You
08 Sons Of Liberty – Fire And Gasoline
09 Hot Damn! – Danve Around
10 Everyday Heroes – Find My Way
11 Elles Bailey – Woman Like Me
12 Scarlet Rebels – No One Else To Blame
13 Wolf Jaw – I Ain’t Ready
14 Tomorrow Is Lost – Hideaway
15 Dead Man’s Whiskey – War Machine
16 Dig Lazarus – Tell Me Why
17 New Roses – Whiskey Nightmare
18 Shape Of Water – The World Is Calling Me
19 Haxan – Killing Time
20 Revival Black – So Alive
21 Gin Annie – Devil In Me
01 Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Son Of A Gun
02 Dust Coda – When The Tide Comes In
03 Skam – Iron Cross
04 Collateral – Merry Go Round
05 Bad Touch – I Get High
06 Massive – Rise
07 Gorilla Riot – Still Doing Time
08 Thundermother – Driving In Style
09 King Creature – Captives
10 REWS – Today We’re Warriors
11 Twister – Call To Arms
12 South Of Salem – Dead Hearts Don’t Break
13 Jack J Hutchinson – World On Fire
14 Bootyard Bandits – Hoedown Showdown
15 Doomsday Outlaw – Turn Me Loose
16 Ashen Reach – Fighting For My Life
17 Bastette – Talk About It
18 Ryders Creed – Cut Me Down
19 Takeaway Thieves – This Is RocknRoll
20 Ward XVI – Broken Toys
21 Blackwater Conspiracy – Soul Revolutionaries
22 Massive Wagons And Friends – Tokyo (2021 Version) [Bonus]