This is a bit of a no-brainer, really, this one. Basically, if you like 80s hair-metal bands a la Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Ratt et al, with slightly more “modern” production, mildly faster tempos, a few more “f” words thrown in here and there and the barely-significant “twist” of a female frontperson (all those guys sung like girls anyway, let’s be honest here!), then it’s safe to say you’ll probably dig this. In other words, it kinda does for Guns ‘N’ Roses what Murderdolls did for Misfits and Ramones.
Personally, I can take or leave this kinda stuff: It’s enjoyable enough without being in any way, shape or form “revelatory”. The album’s title is certainly something of a misnomer…if this is “underground”, what the hell is “overground”? Avril Lavigne?! Album title aside, though, the band itself delivers exactly what its trashy name and black-leather-and-chains image promises: ROCK (in capital letters, ‘natch)!! Ground-breaking, Hell no; but a satisfyingly familiar walk down the grimy back streets of memory lane for those 80s-obsessives just bold enough to chance a previously-untrodden alleyway where they may actually hear something “new”. (Sorta…kinda…but not really.)
© Michael Bowser, Music Vice