TNA fit in with the Kivel Records stable of
releases very easily. This is another good
example of American guitar riff driven 80's
hard rock that could easily be sat alongside
fellow Kivel releases such as No More
Johnny, Damn Cheetah or Pyn Siren.
The band's debut album Finger On The Trigger
was released a couple of years back and
offered some good 80's inspired American
Branded is much the same, except it presents
us with a selection of songs that are
definitely more powerful and better produced
than the debut.
The band rely less on sounding like other
artists and are more true to their own
sound, which is guitar driven late
80's/early 90's style American hard rock.
It's not the catchiest record ever released,
but contains some solid melodies and some
inspired guitar playing and if anything, is
very consistent throughout and will get
better each and every listen.
Society acts as an intro into
Lies, Guns and Violence, which contains
a great hook and lead guitar riff, but both
are featured in the verse rather than the
chorus - which could have been catchier. The
track is still a solid guitar driven rocker
Do You Remember is a far mellower and
darker number, with a great verse vocal and
a chorus that features another memorable
vocal hook. Overall, a very cool moody
mid-tempo rock track.
Walk Before You Crawl is very much a
homage to early Van Halen. This is a party
rocker with a gruff vocal and some inspired
Eddie VH guitar riffing.
Rain has another feel to it again.
This is an uptempo, but more melodic and
moody rock track who's best feature is the
lead guitar riff.
9 Lives is a semi-acoustic mid-tempo
track with another strong vocal and a short,
but catchy chorus.
Feel It features a harder edge vocal
and a slight modern feel, and could be a
track that is rated better by listeners each
listen. It's not an instant track by any
means. Great guitar riff.
Eva's Song is an enjoyable 2 minute
The Sound is another uptempo rocker, but
could have used a better chorus.
Scream is a good heavy rocker and
closing the album is Kill Your Idols, a
track which finishes off the album nicely.
It's one of the more aggressive and
high-octane tracks of the album.
The band has improved on every aspect of
their debut album, delivering some inspired
traditional guitar driven hard rock. It's
good to see them get a little adventurous on
a few tracks and push the boundaries. Anyone
who enjoyed the debut will be more than
impressed with this quality follow-up.