- The Prison (featuring Dennis Cameron)
- Stand Trial (featuring Rex Carroll)
- Skeletons In The Closet
- Give Up The Ghost
The production is solid here; not polished or shiny, but with the variance of styles, it really shouldn't be. The instruments get a lot of room to work here, especially Rudd's top-notch bass work, and the guest guitar solos meld flawlessly into the mix of both songs. A special nod has to be given to drummer Chris McNeill, who handles all the various styles and tempos in amazing fashion! All the more impressive is the fact that McNeill is probably best known for his nearly two decades behind the kit in Glass Tiger...yes, THAT Glass Tiger...who while catchy, are decidedly NOT metal! You would never know it with the machine-like drumming that McNeill lays down on this record, flawlessly changing tempos and bouncing between styles seemingly without effort! I'm not sure if McNeill is someone the guys can round out their band with, but even if they don't, they certainly show that they are capable of delivering solid hard rock/metal music on Riveting Truth, and I am sure the addition of a drummer would be an undertaking the guys took very seriously before moving forward.
Very short at less than 18 minutes, the time factor hurts this EP a bit, but Roxx has the EP special priced at just $7.77 right now, so if you want to snag a copy, head over to www.roxxrecords.com to pre-order now.
Rating: I generally hate rating EPs due to their brevity, and the style changes on this one will throw some people, no doubt. Still, I crank this to a 7, as Riveting Truth handles both the melodic hard rock and the heavy/thrashy metallic styles equally well. Definitely an eye-opening debut.