The first track I ever heard by Australian band Massive was the ridiculously dance-inducing and hard rocking “Dancefloor”. I was a goner from that point on. Hookier and shinier than a tricked out fishing lure, and with the chorus: “We got the motherfucking dancefloor / We’re gonna rock until the encore” this track is Grade-A mosh-pit fuel. The same can be said for the band’s first album “Full Throttle” – a debut that is loud, brash, feverishly hot, and sparking with relentless intensity.
Mixing their tremendous raw energy with strong song writing skills, a knack for controlled musical mayhem, and killer beats, this is a skilled and solid crew. They quote a lot of the usual suspects as influences: Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC. Motley Crue, Foo Fighters… and Massive definitely belongs on that branch of rock’n’roll’s family tree.
The band revs its engine right from the start with “Burn The Sun” – flaunting sizzling guitars, bone-shaking drums, and vocals cranked up to 11 – and that’s just the warm-up. On “Hollywood” they really slam the pedal to the metal, and they just keep slamming it down hard, with tracks like the fast, furious and thoroughly pleasurable “One By One”; straight up rocker “Lacey”; and the flashy and catchy “Best of Both Worlds”.
Each track here has its own personality, with the band showing off a Led Zeppelin-vibe on the heavy rocking “Bring Down The City”; and some awesome guitar and drums on “Big Trend Setter” – a tune that lures you in with its softer vocals before the chorus brings the hammer down.
“Ghost” is a standout track on a standout album – a brilliant power ballad glowing with an inner fire, and I love this track more every time I listen to it. The wistfulness of the lyrics – “I’ve been around for a long long time / seen it all and I survived —- I’ve been there for the better days / a lesson learned the hardest way” – just rips me up, and the vocals are outstanding.
Massive’s rhythm section deserves special mention because it’s such a big part of the band’s, well, massive sound. Just give a listen to the irresistible beat of “Dancefloor”, or the delicious drum- and bass-throb on “Now Or Never”. Finally, the whole band brings the house down on the title track, “Full Throttle”, a tune that is chock-full of speeding guitars, meaty drums, and vocals hot enough to melt your face.
This is a band that knows how to kick your ass into gear and make you want to move. Need a party-starter? Turn this album on, crank it up, and stick around to watch the fireworks.
(Note: Massive was signed by Earache Records, and their album will be re-released with 4 brand new recordings on July 21, 2014.)
- Brad Marr: vocals, guitar
- Aidan McGarrigle: bass, backing vocals
- Ben Laguda: lead guitar, vocals
- Jarrod Medwin: drums, backing vocals
- Burn The Sun
- Bring Down The City
- One By One
- Big Trend Setter
- Now Or Never
- Best Of Both Worlds (feat. Kristy Jinx)
- Full Throttle
This review was previously published at hardrocknights.com. Since the review was published, Massive signed a deal with Earache Records, and “Full Throttle” was released worldwide with additional tunes July 21, 2014.