Hard rockers perform best when staying true to form and, judging by 1000hp’s title track, Boston’s rock/metal scions have made this their modern mission statement. Lamentably, the follow-up to 2010’s gold-selling The Oracle never rises above the disc’s glorious opener. Still, devotees will revel in the bombastic glory of righteous instrumentation backing singer Sully Erna’s brooding vocals, which simmer with a subterranean anger that curiously never erupts. Their radio-ready sound will delight devotees, but the rest of us will stick with the single.
– Andy Kaufmann