No joke, when I saw the name of the artist and album I thought, “mustn’t have gotten any new metal this week, so it’s a bit of rap to change things up”. This is mainly because of a classic “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” scene where Will bestows himself with this nickname, and he and Carlton dance to Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache (Jump On It).
But I digress. Will the Thrill is the quest of one man to bring back the fun element of metal which dominated the 80’s before grunge kicked it right in the spandex covered arse. What Will presents is a bunch of songs that would fit in well in that decade, but in 2014 it all sounds a bit passe.
There’s a few reasons for this. Firstly, Steel Panther have the market cornered in 80’s throwback hair metal. I don’t know where this record falls in the spectrum of serious vs comedy. The aforementioned Steel Panther are a parody, but bands like The Darkness and Airbourne did the throwback thing with tongue firmly in cheek. Will the Thrill presents itself rather seriously in terms of the music and the press release attached. A bit too serious for this genre.
In said press release, Will name drops a ton of influences, but they’re all infinitely better bands. Trouble is, while the musicianship is solid, the vocals are seriously lacking for the style that Will is going for. Hair metal needs a massive voice to really sell it, but it’s just not here.
The lack of originality is the final nail in the coffin of this release. I’m all for tipping your hat to your influences, but lifting stuff wholesale does nobody any favours. Talented musicians and solid production here is wasted on a style of music that’s been dead for twenty five years.
– Hevy Kevy
Unappreciated Scholars Review Grade: D
“Sorry to Disappoint Ya” by Will the Thrill can be purchased here.