Written by Alex Stojanovic
Diesel Wild Stallion
Heavy Metal Sky
Fast Enough To Kill
Mountains Of Madness
John Ellis - Vocals & guitars
Jeremy Pastic - Bass
Bobby Deuce - Guitars
Jean-Paul Contois - Drums (tracks 1-5)
Adam Hay - Drums (tracks 6 & 7)
Release Date: June 16, 2017 Label: Boonsdale Records
As we go down the album, the heavy bluesy metal vibe is on strong display on tracks like "Poison Whiptail", "Diesel Wild Stallion" and "Walkin' Boss" with great riffs and grooves. Aside from the riffs, the vocals take centre stage for most of the album. Vocally, John Ellis reminds me of Ronnie James Dio a bit, and he really showcases his vocal prowess on "Bloodsucker". The band pay tribute to the NWOBHM on "Heavy Metal Sky" with that classic speed metal chug. It's the shortest song on here, clocking at just under 3 minutes. I get a big Saxon vibe from this track. Closing out the album is "Mountains Of Madness", where the band manage to sneak in a bit of thrash, combined with some potent and heavy straightforward riffage.
Modern bands bringing that cool old school sound in their music isn't anything new, but it's something that's always cool to see. Pick up Poison Whiptail now and if you live in the Toronto area or anywhere in southern Ontario, catch Mokomokai at the Opera House as part of the Boonsdale Festival on July 14th.
Highs: Solid songwriting, great raw production
Lows: Nothing groundbreaking
Final Rating: 7/10