SLEEKSTAIN – HARD – SELF RELEASED – OUT NOW
Sleekstain is a hard / sleaze rock band from France, next to Geneva. In 2009, Rob, Vanns and Deg formed the group in order to share their passion for rock ‘n roll. Their songs are influenced by bands of the 80s (Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, AC / DC …) and other more current (Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Crashdiet, BlackRain …).
Then, Sleekstain found his way with the arrival of Ryff Raff as new singer and frontman. The band released their first EP with 4 titles in 2010, and took part in the French and Belgium tour of LA GUNS and PRETTY BOY FLOYD on seven dates. In 2011, Sleekstain opened to VAINS OF JENNA in Zurich, Switzerland.
After more than 100 concerts with this line-up, and encouraged by many positive reviews, the band record their first album “HARD” scheduled for early 2013, and a video clip will follow the release.
In December 2012, Sleekstain announced their participation in the CRASHDIET European tour 2013 (England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium).
• Ryff Raff– vocals
• Rob – guitars & bcking vocals
• Deg – bass & backing vocal
• Vanns – drums & backing vocals
From the first notes off opener “Dead Til’ U Live” it’s crystal clear where their influences lies. Guns N’ Roses are definitely their idols. But also other bands from the glam scene like Poison or even a Buckcherry come into mind when listening to this track. Singer Ryff has a slightly raw voice and fits like a glove around these sounds. The solo is very melodic at first but quickly speeds up in true glam sleaze tradition. “Call Me God” has a more Motley Crue feel and gets this party started for real. A catchy riff kicks off “Hard Rain”. The track continues in pure sleaze style with slightly nagging vocals from Ryff and shouting backing vocals. “Baby” has a faster pace and the ‘oh-oh’s’ reinforce the sleazy touch. The way of singing from Ryff reminds me a bit of Kory Clarke from Warrior Soul on this track. His voice holds a certain amount of viciousness. The backing vocals add extra depth to the song! “Drugstar” is a mid-tempo track. The vocals are much more melodic and sensitive during the verses. But in the chorus the harmonies pop up again. A song that sticks in your head.
“Out Of Me” holds a great guitar solo and raw vocals can be heard on “My Friend Jack”. Things really slow down during the sensitive “Merry Fear”. Ryff can demonstrate the strength of his voice in the first part. I can be mistaken but I hear female backing vocals. The mood switches during the chorus. Some acoustic guitars form the introduction to the superb guitar solo from Rob! One of my favorite tracks on this CD. We get a pure adrenaline rush with the punky “Shoot”. The album closer “Gold, Girls n Guns” summons up what this band stands for: sleazy hard rock with slightly raw sounding vocals, a great guitar sound and a strong rhythm section to glue everything together. But the thing that strikes me the most is the fun the guys seem to have playing.
What can a man or girl do to forget that damn weather in the Lowlands this spring? Well easy, give this album “Hard” from these French glam rockers Sleekstain a spin and the sun will shine in your living room! I saw the band in 2010 as a support for LA Guns in Belgium! I must say that they made a lot of progress since then! Would love to see the band again on their tour with Crashdiet. For the mean time I’ll give “Hard” another go…
Score: 3,5 out of 5
1. Dead Til’ U Live
2. Call Me God
3. Hard Rain
4. Gold, Girls N’ Guns
7. Merry Fear
8. My Friend jack
9. Out Of Me
Text Rik Bauters