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Viceroy Crux comes out swinging for the fences with this throw back to an age of rock 'n' roll that is not heard on the radio today. Round Dice combines the heavy metal style of the '80s with punk vocals and an interesting blend of guitar solos and drums. This album is trying to get back to the roots of rock 'n' roll with Terry Stirling Jr. at the helm.
The band is made up of Stirling Jr. on vocals, Tim Hockwald on bass and Ryan Bradley on the guitar. Originally from the California area, it seems that Viceroy Crux is taking on a variety of musical influences in the hopes of a creating an album that honors the rock 'n' roll legends of the past and helps them become rock 'n' roll legends of the future.
The album is very aggressive from the first track, "Rise Above." This album is loud, features many instrumental layers and over the top vocals which sounds slightly out of place at times.
The downfall of this album is that it trying to do too many things as once, as it wants to honor rock 'n' roll influences, while trying to do something modern but in the end it feels as though this album is confused on the musical direction it wants to go into. Overall, it is an impressive record and even though it has a few moments when it falls short, it is a good rock 'n' roll album.
Fans of the metal, hair band, hard-hitting rock 'n' roll band era will connect with this record but fans of the more modern rock sound that can be heard on the radio in 2014 but it is worth a listen because the creativity and passion that is heard on this album should be noted.
Stand out tracks on the album include, "Another Sunrise," "Red Flags" and "Forever."