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Amplified Heat - "How Do You Like The Sound Of That" (CD)

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"How Do You Like The Sound Of That" track listing:

1. Tough Guy
2. Rambler
3. Man On The Road
4. She Drank That Wine
5. What Went Wrong
6. S.A.P.O.
7. Moonshine
8. Through And Through
9. How Do You Like The Sound Of That
10. Amplified Boogie
11. Sickness

Reviewed by on March 12, 2009

"Listening to this album will thrust you back into the good old days of rock and roll, when attitude, screaming guitars, and soulful, blues grooves reigned supreme, and you might mistake them for a reincarnated 1960s band."

The days of bluesy, in-your-face rock have risen again in Amplified Heat’s album “How Do You Like The Sound Of That,” released in 2007.

With a sound that reminds you of the old days, when blues morphed into rock and roll and added a touch of psychedelia, Amplified Heat provides an album worthy of 1960's rock fame.

Jim Ortiz's vocals are reminiscent of punk and even country singers, accompanied by his raw, riff-based guitar. Jim's brothers, drummer Chris Ortiz and bassist Gian Ortiz, round out the Texas trio with thrashing, loud drums and strong bass lines to emphasize the bluesy rock atmosphere.

The band's third album starts out strong, with rough songs containing killer riffs that pump you up for the rest of the album. "Tough Guy," the opening song, is one of the best on the album, highlighting psychedelic solos that bring about thoughts of Jimi Hendrix. "Rambler" quickly follows with a similar, hard-hitting, yet upbeat tempo.

"She Drank That Wine" was built on blues, and sounds like a heavenly mixture of Muddy Waters, AC/DC, and The Rolling Stones.

The band instantly switches gears with "What Went Wrong," which seems straight off an old Johnny Cash album, with deep, booming vocals. "S.A.P.O." clocks in well under a minute, and is nothing but a random drum solo to transition into the punk sounds of "Moonshine," and the Led Zeppelin-inspired "Amplified Boogie."

Don’t expect lengthy, intricate creations; Amplified Heat keeps songs short and to the point, but always keeps you on your toes when switching among riff-heavy rock, blues, punk, and psychedelic guitar solos.

Listening to this album will thrust you back into the good old days of rock and roll, when attitude, screaming guitars, and soulful, blues grooves reigned supreme, and you might mistake them for a reincarnated 1960's band. Amplified Heat is a welcome gift to classic rock lovers stuck in the present.

Highs: The mixture of blues, punk, hard rock and psychedelic rock make an interesting album.

Lows: Most songs are quite short.

Bottom line: A great, diverse album created by a talented, classic rock throwback band.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


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Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)