Eve to Adam – Locked & Loaded
Release Date: September 17, 2013
It took a few months longer than expected to get the band’s fifth studio album out, but New York’s Eve to Adam is ready to drop its most impressive album to date. “Locked & Loaded” was originally slotted for a May release, but fans have had to wait an extra four months, but the pay off will be worth the patience.
“Locked & Loaded” marks the first time the band has opted to work with outside writers to add a new dimension to their sound. Vocalist Taki Sassaris and guitarist Guarav Bali wrote the crux of all 11 songs, but they brought in some talented friends to help out on a few tracks. Those co-conspirators also helped produce the record. The “Killer B’s”, as the band calls them helped, Eve to Adam dig deeper and push themselves harder than ever. This includes Shinedown bassist, Eric Bass as well as Dave Bassett (Saliva, Halestorm, Sevendust) and Elvis Baskette (Ratt, Trivium, Alter Bridge, Chevelle).
Offered frontman Taki Sassaris on the collaborations:
“We pushed our boundaries as far as we thought we could. For this album, it was our decision to write with people we wanted to work with. We wanted input and we wanted some new inspiration, and we wanted the chance to collaborate because we felt that would bring some new enthusiasm and some new moments. That’s what we wanted to capture in the studio. Working with [these guys] was a great experience for us to take everything that we’ve learned in our career and everything we’ve experienced, and take it to the table with some people that were gonna still allow us to be us. We weren’t gonna compromise that as far as our signature. It still had to be us. It had to be something I could stand behind night after night. We were still generating the concepts, but it was really great to have somebody to play the ideas off of and have that input and keep the creative spirit flowing.”
Baskette, who was the album’s primary producer and mixer, helped the band out on the opening title track, which simply buzzes with a modern hard rock vibe that sounds like a collision of Shinedown and Pop Evil. It’s thoroughly energetic, edgy, and melodic. While it can fit nicely into the ilk of those aforementioned bands, it retains the signature of Eve to Adam‘s unique style. Right away fans get a taste of how powerful the band’s rhythm section hits, especially with Taki’s brother Alex behind the kit.
“Immortal”, the album’s second single, is a grand example of what Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” might have sounded like if it had a set of balls and a testosterone injection. Bassett adds his input on this track along with Sassaris and Bali.
Next up is “Bender” which takes off like a freight train, knocking over everything in its path. This is a melodic, high energy, cardio work out for your entire body.
“Straitjacket Supermodel” slows the pace, giving us a much needed gasp of breath. It is short-lived though. This is the album’s first single and video. Shinedown’s Eric Bass produced and added some inspiration. The intro is slow and moody, even sexy with a bit of a techno vibe and a lot of groove. By the time the clothes come off and you get to the chorus,it’s all gloriously naked rock and roll. “Fucking contagious…”
A chugging riff kicks off “Fortune Teller” and offers a hint of classic rock influence on the verses. The chorus is soaring and memorable. Meanwhile, “What Would You Kill?” has a touch of an industrial vibe to it.
The first six tracks give a clear sonic map of the second half of the album–big melodies, catchy choruses, and addictive hooks. The musicianship and production are stellar, and Taki’s voice rises to every challenge and occasion.
“Locked & Loaded” is one of 2013’s most promising hard rock records. If you have somehow overlooked this New York outfit, now is the top to jump aboard as the group has hit its stride with this album.
Check out our recent interview with Take Sassaris.