SPV Records

Whether it’s tackling classics from Grand Funk and The Beatles, or leaning hard against their own originals, hard rock alumni collective The Dead Daisies assert themselves as an intense live powerhouse on their new album ‘Live & Louder.’

Having previously witnessed The Dead Daisies tear the roof off the Hard Rock Live in Orlando during their tour with Whitesnake back in the fall of 2015, I had some fair expectations as far as what to expect out of ‘Live & Louder.’ The album reminded me of two things: how much energy the Daisies add to their already formidable approach, and the reaction this band receives from their audience.

Frontman John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream) leads the charge on ‘Live & Louder,’ his distinctive, scratchy falsetto adding a weighty blues feel to the album opener “Long Way To Go.” Rounding off the rhythm section of the Dead Daisies are bassist Marco Mendoza (Blue Murder, Thin Lizzy), guitarist David Lowy (Doc Neeson) and drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol), forming a backbone more rigid than steel on tracks like the fist pounding anthem “Lock’N’Load” and the heart racing “We All Fall Down.”

What’s new this time around is the addition of former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich, who manically shreds his way through the album’s 16 tracks. What works so well in the case of this band is that they’re incredibly easy to “get into” for fans of 1980s hard rock; “Make Some Noise” rockets forward with a Bon Jovi-esque riff sent through a talk box, and the burdened rockabilly vibes of “Last Time I Saw The Sun” lets the album transition effortlessly into a smashing cover of The Who’s “Join Together.”

There are a few other cover songs on ‘Live & Louder’ worth noting; The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” was as big of a smash here as it was live in person two years ago, and the band is already in full swing when the first notes to Grand Funk Railroad’s “American Band” sets the crowd alive.

The Dead Daisies propel well past the broadened label of “rock supergroup” on ‘Live & Louder.’ This is a full-fledged rock group that not only puts the effort into regularly pumping out original albums and trying their hand at classic covers, but sets the bar at yet another level with their massive live show.