Giant X, the brainchild of Running Wild band members Rolf Kasparek and Peter J. Jordan brings back all the flare and bombacity of rock’s golden era. Right from the first moments of the album’s opener, ‘On A Blind Flight’, audiences are instantly transported back to the days of big rock and in many cases, big hair. ‘Blind Flight’ is a solid mix of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with its solid driving guitars and soaring vocals. The duo hardly let up from there as it launches into what is sure to be a fan favorite in ‘Don’t Quit Till Tomorrow.’ At this point, there are no plans for Giant X to tour. But should the band ever manage to h it the road, there’s no doubt that this song would become an instant arena anthem for the band. The song opens with the simplest of chants that conjures the image of a massive crowd singing along, fists pumping in the air. Lyrically, this is an equally empowering song. Kasparek sings near the song’s end, “When the times are getting crazy…don’t quit till tomorrow. Raise your hands for rock and roll.” Simply put, what is being said here is don’t let the tough times get you down. Don’t give up. Keep pushing through. The positive message mixed with a solid rocking musical baking makes this one of the album’s best songs, hands down. Things don’t let off here though.
As the last tones of ‘Don’t Quit Till Tomorrow’ fade away, listeners are able to catch their breath just enough to get ready for even more solid rock in the form of ‘Badland Blues.’ This blues based southern rock style piece is a rock song, plain and simple. It’s just a great near five minute musical experience. The only time that the record slows down any is on the semi-ballad, ‘Nameless Heroes.’ This one seems to be a tribute to the men and women in uniform the world over, as Kasparek and Jordan sing, “This goes out to all the nameless heroes/This goes out to all the ones that paid.” The band leaves little doubt as to whom they are singing for here. And it’s a fitting tribute to those individuals, too. It’s one more that’s bound to be a fan favorite regardless of whether or not Giant X tours in support of this record.
‘Don’t Quit Till Tomorrow’ and ‘Nameless Heroes’ are both bound to be fan favorites from Giant X’s debut. There is at least one more (if not more) that will be another fan favorite. That song is the album’s very next track, ‘Go 4 It.’ It makes for a perfect transition from ‘Nameless Heroes.’ The song instantly kick starts its listeners after the more emotional ‘Nameless Heroes.’ The first thing that listeners hear from this song is a rather fast guitar intro that leads into Kasparek singing, “You feel the gasoline in your blood…You reek of gas/And you’re kickin’ ass/You are hell on wheels.” There’s a certain something about this song that oozes the likes of Poison as an influence. It’s just one more of so many tracks that any fan of big hair and big guitars will appreciate on this upcoming new album. And for those wondering, Giant X’s debut album, I is due to be available in stores and online in the U.S. on January 22nd. To find out if the band will be touring in support of its debut, I, fans need just go online to http://www.running-wild.net, and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Giant-X/176387661550.
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