Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

THE DAMNED THINGS High Crimes

By Ruben Mosqueda, Contibutor
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 6:22 AM


- advertisement -
THE DAMNED THINGS
High Crimes

Nuclear Blast Records 2019




Ruben Mosqueda Just when you thought you’d NEVER hear another album from THE DAMNED THINGS, they release their sophomore album High Crimes. If you’re keeping track, the last time we heard from THE DAMNED THINGS it was close to nine years ago. They’re a fun, distinct and energetic band. THE DAMNED THINGS started when FALL OUT BOY lead guitarist JOE TROHMAN and ANTHRAX founder SCOTT IAN got together for a songwriting session that sparked talk of forming a band to record the songs. Shortly thereafter, THE DAMNED THINGS started to gain momentum and soon included Trohman’s bandmate, drummer ANDY HURLEY, then ANTHRAX guitarist ROB CAGGIANO [who would go on to join VOLBEAT], EVERYTIME I DIE frontman KEITH BUCKLEY and bassist JOSH NEWTOWN, who at one time was also in EVERY TIME I DIE----Incestuous!

THE DAMNED THINGS went on to release Iconoclast in 2010 and managed to perform at festivals and launched a club tour before, everyone resumed activities with their respective bands. As previously stated, the new album is titled High Crimes and the record features DAN ANDRIANO from ALKALINE TRIO on bass, who stepped in for Newton, who has since left the band. It should be noted that ROB CAGGIANO is also no longer in the band. High Crimes was produced by the in-demand JAY RUSTON, who has worked with the likes of ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, THE DONNAS and STONE SOUR amongst others. THE DAMNED THINGS have a unique sound, they’re unlike any other band out there. They’ve managed to merge punk, power pop with a fuzzy blues twist that works incredibly well.

Like other musicians they’ve got influences and THE DAMNED THINGS wear their influences on their sleeves, for instance you can hear their ‘tip of the hat’ to NIRVANA on the song “Cells”. Sure, it features better guitar work, but I challenge you to say you didn’t hear NIRVANA in there. Another gem on the album is “Invincible”, which has flashes of blues rock and sounds like it was written in the glory years of 70s arena rock. If you can believe this, THE DAMNED THINGS even offer a left of center moment with the track “Storm Chaser”, which clocks in at nearly 6 minutes! It’s a fantastic, epic, doomy, bluesy track that is absolutely to die for. As a whole, High Crimes is a marvelous audio journey that you don’t want to end, but ultimately does. Let’s hope the guys find the time, in between breaks from their respective bands, to crank out another album before another nine years. The band is performing some limited/select live gigs at the tail end of April into early May and one could only hope there’s a block of time on all of their schedules for additional dates later in 2019.

4.0 Out Of 5.0


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
CRADLE OF FILTH Existence Is Futile
BEAST IN BLACK Dark Connection
MASSACRE Resurgence
DREAM THEATER A View From The Top Of The World
JAY JAY FRENCH Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock ‘N’ Roll
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, PRONG And OBITUARY In Portland, OR With Photos!
GEMINI SYNDROME 3rd Degree - The Raising
DORO/WARLOCK Triumph And Agony Live
BETWEEN WORLDS Between Worlds
ALCATRAZZ V
BEHEMOTH Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) Reissue
ALICE COOPER, ACE FREHLEY In Nashville, TN With Photos!
CARNIFEX Graveside Confessions
BLOOD RED THRONE Imperial Congregation
GUS G. Quantum Leap
BILLY IDOL The Roadside EP
AVATAR, MAGIC SWORD In Houston, TX With Photos!
APRIL WINE, MONKEYJUNK At The Ottawa Bluesfest
MINISTRY Moral Hygiene
CRYPTA Echoes Of The Soul
SKILLET In Houston, TX With Photos!
Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock Book
IRON MAIDEN Senjutsu
GRINDER BLUES El Dos
GEORGE LYNCH Seamless Review #2
IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK VEIL BRIDES In Houston, TX With Photos!
WARLANDO Festival 2021 Photo Gallery
KISS In Ridgefield, WA With Photos!
LAURENNE/LOUHIMO The Reckoning
TREMONTI Marching In Time
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 3 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 2 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 1 Photo Gallery
CARCASS Torn Arteries
SETH La Morsure de Christ





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2021 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News