DAVE EVANS AND NITZINGER - REVENGE (Bad Reputation)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
Dave Evans began his recording career with AC/DC as one of the five founding members and sang on their hit single ‘Can I Sit Next To Your, Girl?’. After performing every major venue in Australia, he and the band broke up and Dave went his own way. A few years ago, I reviewed his second solo album “Judgement Day” and although there were a few great songs, my general impression was rather average. We could consider “Judgement Day” as a carbon copy of the original, nothing more nothing less. Recently, Dave moved from Australia to Texas, his nowadays home base, and together with John Nitzinger he started to work on this album. John Nitzinger is a legend and worldwide force behind Rock&Roll since the 70’s and he contributed to the sound of ‘Texas Rock and Blues’. Together with Vincent Damon Furnier (a.k.a. Alice Cooper), he wrote the album ‘Zipper Catches Skin’, which is released on Warner Brothers around 1982, but that was a period of little influence.
Bad Reputation Records surprised us recently with a few interesting outputs like Antonius Rex and Witches Brew, so I was looking forward to the collaboration between Dave and John on the ‘Revenge’ album. Let’s say that the start of the album is a very pleasant opener as the track ‘Control’ has everything that a hard rocking metal head is looking for. It’s only a pity that this nice track is a rare gem on this release. Furthermore, ‘Control’ was already released as a single in 2001 by Nitzinger. Same story with tracks like ‘Shifting Sand’, ‘Going Back To Texas’, as they are all on the ‘Control’ album of John Nitzinger. Some songs have a little Blues (‘Where She Goes I Go’), others can be described as mediocre tracks. Both artist had a few years to work on the album, and if this is the final result, I really have to be disappointed. Some songs contain a message that is significant for the quality of the songs: ‘The Night We Drank The Stars’, ‘Stay Drunk’ and as final track ‘Headache’. http://www.badreputation.fr/
My rating: 60 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard