Bullet Lavolta, The Gift (1989)

Part two of Thunderegg’s hot new series, Albums I Reviewed in the High School Paper. This Microsoft Word 4.0 file was dated May 21, 1990.

Bullet Lavolta
The Gift

After listening to singer Yukki Gipe’s ear-piercing, mind-bending shriek in the beginning of the track “Over the Shoulder,” it is easy to tell that Bullet Lavolta is indeed a very special band. The Gift, a thirteen-song combination of both new and prereleased works, is a masterpiece of sheer loudness—a solidarity of punk and melodic hard rock that can make any listener’s hair (and parents) stand at attention. Ken Chambers, one of two domineering guitarists, was originally frontsman for Boston’s Moving Targets, considered by WPRB disk Jockey Jon Solomon to be “the best rock band in the twentieth…well, the eighties.” The album starts with a bang. “X Fire” simply kicks with its rocking riffs and Gipe’s accompanying walloping vocals. The second song, “Over the Shoulder,” fascinates with its rhythmic tacets that last just long enough for the listener to do a windmill on his air guitar. (Incidentally, it was these two songs that were in this reviewer’s head during his little bicycle accident. Maybe the tunes’ energy contributed to his reckless cycling, but this will never be proven.) Other cuts, like “One Room Down,” “Trapdoor,” and the title track do little to diminish the conception that this Beantown quintet knows nothing better than high decibel ranges. Of all the songs, though, “Blind to You,” while just as clamorous as the others, tends to stand out because of its dark mood and dynamic transition. The Gift, put simply, rocks. Buy it and cherish it.

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