Verdict: 3.5 / 5
Gosh, have Taxi Violence really been around for ten years already? With the title of their latest album Tenfold alluding to that fact, they have released a tight, strong rock album with all the professional tuning and quality that you would expect from an experienced band of this caliber.
Tenfold feels like a collection of individual tracks that highlight different strengths of the band, rather than a single concept designed to explore one avenue. I think it works well here, as a concept album or a themed album only works to its full advantage when the concept is groundbreaking, and to achieve that is harder than you might imagine. Rather, Tenfold gives us a mix of styles, from hard rock, approaching metal, to slower, blues rock; from American South style rock, to frantic speed rock. There’s a variety of melodic styles and tempos, and it gives the album the feeling of being a journey, and gives distinction between each track.
Their mixing is also good, and what I always like a lot about Taxi Violence is their clean, audible lyrics. Lyrics are often the least focused on part of rock and metal, whereas they should be highlighted to a greater extent, if it is at all possible.
If I had to give a criticism to this album, I would say that I don’t feel like one of the songs is particularly a stand out. All of the tracks are good, but none are any that I would place on my playlist forever. However, if you’re looking for a decent rock selection, you could do far worse than this, as Taxi Violence demonstrate that they have a firm understanding of what is needed for a good rock track, and they don’t compromise or mix it up with unnecessary deviations. They’re a great band to see live, and I know that many of these tracks would be even better with the energy of a crowd and live performance, so if you see they’re around, make sure you check them out.