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Artist: Josh Todd & The Conflict
Album: Year Of The Tiger
Genre: Metal / Hard Rock
Label: Century Media
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love this album. Going into this I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to be getting. I like Buckcherry. But, this isn’t Buckcherry. That’s somewhat surprising to say, considering that The Conflict has the guitarist and lead singer from Buckcherry as band members. One of the reasons that I really like this album is that it’s not a safe record. By safe, I mean, there’s a lot of creative elements going on here and they don’t always go for that hit single formula that so many bands are pursuing these days. There’s nothing formulaic about this album. Now, I’m going to say something that’s going to sound strange at first, but here me out….This is one of the best rock records that I’ve heard this year. Yes, that’s right. What makes it so great you ask? Well, let’s start with the diversity of sounds that are brilliantly fused together to make a cohesive sound that works on every level. If you were take a little from Guns N’ Roses’, The Sex Pistols, Rage Against The Machine and small amount of Nine Inch Nails and mix it all together…you’d get Josh Todd & The Conflict. The amazing part is that the band sounds like none of the bands that I just mentioned. Not only that, but if you look at the diversity of the genres of the bands that I just mentioned, not only did the band make it work, but they have absolutely created a unique sound here. Starting off with “The Year Of The Tiger” you get a taste of the punk aggressiveness mixed with a metal edge to it. “Fucked Up” follows suit in the same vein and is one of my favorite songs. “Rain” should be a breakthrough radio hit if there’s any justice in rock radio these days. They even throw in a cover version of the Prince song “Erotic City” that simply has to be heard, It’s funky, a little electronic and damn catchy. Every song on this album is quality material. There’s an overall brilliance to this album that may be ahead of it’s time. It’s just so fresh sounding that I have listened to it for days on end and it’s still fun and energetic. Hearing this reminds me of how different Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction was from the other bands when it hit the airways. Of course, we live in a different era now and the music industry has changed greatly over the years. But, if you’re looking for a great rock record that’s creative, fresh and delivers quality songs….you simply have to give Josh Todd & The Conflict a chance. It’s definitely the most innovative rock n’ roll record out there right now. Highly recommended! I recently interview Josh for XS ROCK and you can read his thoughts on this album here.
01. Year Of The Tiger
03. Fucked Up
05. Good Enough
06. The Conflict
07. Story Of My Life
08. Erotic City
09. Push It
Josh Todd: Vocals
Stevie D.: Guitars
Gregg Cash: Bass
Sean Winchester: Drums