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The Violent – 002.TV (Album Review)

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Sometimes the conclusion of one journey leads you on a completely different, exciting one. This could be said for many aspects of life, we just need to have the bravery to take the plunge and try something new. This is the case with the Hard Rock band Red Sun Rising which announced an indefinite hiatus in February of 2020. Unfortunately, considering the band had put out two very solid albums through Razor & Tie, when the dust settled, it arose as something entirely different. Consisting of co-founding Red Sun Rising’s Vocalist Mike Protich, along with Guitarist Dave McGarry and Drummer Pat Gerasia (both who joined the band prior to their major label debut Polyester Zeal in 2015), together they make up the new band called The Violent.

Emerging in the spring of 2020 with the single “Fly on the Wall,” The Violent immediately distinguished themselves from Red Sun Rising in many ways. What would follow was a list of singles in 2021, before the self-titled debut full-length album in March of 2022. A very impressive beginning, in 2023 they strike the iron while it is hot and offer up the album 002.TV.

Released May 19th through Fascinate Records, 002.TV consists of seven songs that shows a very steady progression for this promising band. Including four tracks that were featured on the April EP Bitter End, the album plays so smoothly that you will want to listen to it again and again. Not hyperbole, what The Violent presents on 002.TV is Hard Rock similar to some of the best material heard during the late ‘90s and early 2000s. 

In comparison, if you are a fan of bands like Earshot or 10 Years, then you are going to love what The Violent offers. Certainly, a unique band all their own, these are just reference points for you to understand what you are getting into. That in mind, the songs are colorful, uplifting Hard Rock with addictive choruses impossible to ignore.

Thinking this over, there are really no low points amidst this set of songs, but the boldest moments come with “I’ll Be Waiting,” “Wrap Your Head Around,” “Counting Sheep,” and “Follow Me.” However, it is unfair to leave out any songs, because with seven in total, each shines bright. 

A band fans of real Hard Rock, Cryptic Rock eager you to check out The Violent, and as a result, give 002.TV 5 out of 5 stars.  

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