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The New Roses – ‘Sweet Poison’

Napalm Records
AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Airbourne, The Answer, Krokus, Guns N' Roses
Release Date
October 21, 2022
Napalm Records
Hard Rock

                In 2022, back to basics hard rock is well trodden ground, from its original sound through to revivals in the early 90’s and then again in the 00’s. Therefore, it takes something really good to stand out. One band working on this are The New Roses (TNR) who are back with their fifth studio album ‘Sweet Poison’.

                With ‘Sweet Poison’, TNR stick very much to their guns. By their fifth album, this is a band well-bedded in with their sound and therefore, what the listener gets here are foot stomping rhythms and big chords designed to do one thing and that is to give the listener a damn good time. Unlike many of their peers who fail to capture the energy and raw power of the live environment, ‘Sweet Poison’ has this in spades and although there is a nostalgic harking back to the past here, TNR are keeping it very much in the modern era. This means that not only do tracks such as ‘My Kinda Crazy’, ‘Warpaint’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’ have all the vigour of AC/DC, The Black Crowes and Rose Tattoo, there is also plenty of appeal here to the likes of Airbourne, The Answer and The Treatment. Furthermore, vocalist Timmy Rough doesn’t half do a good impression of Angry Anderson and even manages to show that Guns N’ Roses epic side of TNR during the heartfelt ballad ‘All I Ever Needed’.

                What TNR have released with ‘Sweet Poison’ is a thoroughly enjoyable album of foot-tapping barroom beer swingin’ tracks. At just over 40 minutes, TNR keep it short, sweet and loaded with hooks and any fan of modern hard rock should find this album being played over and over again.

"short, sweet and loaded with hooks"

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