March 11, 2022 Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate – Hell, CA (Album Review)
If you are a fan of the ’80s Hard Rock scene, then it is not far-fetched to say that Jizzy Pearl is a legend. Not a name many often think of when thinking of ’80s Hard Rock superstars, if you a little look closely, you will see the truth of who and what Jizzy Pearl really is. His track record speaks for itself – he is currently playing with the likes of Quiet Riot, but has also worked with L.A. Guns, Ratt, and of course his own band, Love/Hate. Still rocking and rolling four plus decades later, and keeping the flames burning, Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate return in 2022 with their new album Hell, CA on Friday, March 11th through Golden Robot Records.
Coming four years after Pearl’s 2018 album Before the Blackout, this new record is complete with 10 fast and thriving Hard Rock tracks that last just over forty minutes. In truth it keeps the style and spirit of ’80s Rock alive, and that is evident from the get-go with “One Hot Minute.” Featuring catchy, distorted riffs and a strong guitar solo, your adrenaline will be putting before you even get to the high energy “Acid Babe.” Then “Gonna Take You Higher” gives you a moment to catch your breath, but only for the first few seconds before picking up the pace yet again!
From here the lead single “Soul Mama” adds some Soul to the mix before the unique vibe of “Hard To Say Goodbye.” Celebrating the second half of the record, “When You Gonna Come Home” seems to be on the calmer side at first, but rapidly becomes just as powerful as everything that came before. Thereafter “Last Chance” dishes out an epic opening that then leads into some nice clean guitar work, before “Bruised And Battered” and the lively single “Wanna Be Somebody.” Lastly “Lonely Days Are Gone” concludes the album just how it started – strong, with distorted guitars and pure Rock-n-Roll grit.
All in all Hell, CA is filled with energetic and rhythmic music that will bring back memories of a better time. Having the life of a Rock album from yesteryear, it is truly a fun listen. So shake the dust off and jump right in because Cryptic Rock gives Hell, CA 4 out of 5 stars.