Album Review: Volume One by Maps to The Hollywood Scars

Expect to hear some new music from James Durbin, American Idol finalist and Alex Grossi guitarist of QUIET RIOT. Both announced their new collaboration called Maps to The Hollywood Scars. There new EP called Volume One definitely introduces a classic rock and roll sound that seem to have diminished in modern day culture. When I listen to this EP the first thing that came to my mind is Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. All bands of the decade of long hair, dramatic high screams and guitar solos. One thing that seemed to be popular in 1980’s rock and roll is the usage of the word rock and roll in songs like Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Songs like Lost Boys and Roads on the EP has the lyrics rock and roll in it which I believe was an inspiration of that decade. Even though this is a rock and roll EP the songs are very memorable and screams out rock star vibes that some of us may have missed in the past three decades. To top it off with a cherry on top the EP ends with a song called Never Ending Ride my opinion closes off the EP perfectly explaining the adventurous life each of us experiences with each other. What is a rock and roll EP if it doesn’t mention the crazy things we are forced to deal with everyday which is life itself. Life, being just a man and living on the road all classic problems of being a rock star. There are not many new bands currently that sounds like classic rock this could be the start of a new era of classic rock. After all music always seems to repeat itself in history and Maps to The Hollywood Scars could possibly be the ones to start that trend again.


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