Mass Vendetta Album Reviews
From: Classic Rock Magazine
By Mark Beaumont
Hefty, high-minded slab of Blackpool rock.
In the forgotten backwaters and drizzly seaside towns, places too far out-of-the-way to be swept along in the zeitgeists's slipstream, they still rock the old way. The Senton Bombs, causing minor quakes of punky AC/DC, Social Distorion and backyard Babies across Blackpool since 2004, epitomise the UK's substratum of diehard outliers and their fourth album is a notable addition to the art of burying contemporary issues beneath the raw voltage sounds of 1978. To catchy firebrand riff designed to ring hell's own schoolbell, Joey Class sings of the Rothschild family's global banking domination (Red Shield), political corruption (Apex, trailblazer), wage slavery (gentle country-rock road trip Out West) and, on Aerosmith-aping Wedlock Horns, how insistutionalised monogomy of marriage is the worst of the devil's work (right, Vernon?). Big ideas, needing broader horizons.
From: Black Velvet Magazine
By Clare Huckett
When the opening chords of the album send anticipatory shiver down your spine, things can go one of two ways. The opening track may be the best thing on it so it's all downhill from there. Alternatively, wth The Senton Bombs' latest offering, it could turn out to be a hard rocking, ass-kicking, slab of brilliance. It's guitar-heavy, gritty, classic-and-blues-based rock, tinged with punk in places and played with energy and flair. There's some good use of minor keys for an unsettling feel to the likes of opener 'Trailblazer' and 'Mainstream', whilst 'Train Wreck' powers along with a rhythm like, well, a run-away train. '13 Days' has snarling punk vocals and alternated fast-paced riffs in the chorus with a down-played verse, before we head off into epid territory with the mid-tempo and intense 'Avalanche'. Slow-tempo growler 'Apex' brings proceedings to a close with a heavy rhythm and grinding guitars building to a thundering finale. Looking for something to blow up your speakers? 'Mass Vendetta' might be just the thing.
From: Breakout Magazine (Germany)
Nowadays, Glam Rock is what you expect of a band of Sweden, but The Senton Bombs is a band of the home of rock music. They come from England, more precisely from Blackpool. It is fun to listen to the upcoming album of this band! I bet they definitely rock live. The band exists since 12 years but now they decided to record a longplayer and this decision was just right! Especially Girls will love the album, because they are not going to see old, fat men on stage when they visit a concert of The Senton Bombs. But they are going to see and hear something for the heart – that’s for sure.
From: Fireworks Magazine
By: Alan Holloway
It's been a few years since I enjoyed the last album from The Senton Bombs, and it was a pleasant surprise to see they're still plugging away and even improving with this, their fourth full-length release. Hailing from Blackpool, TSB are a band that seem to be forever under the radar, getting great reviews but more often than not greeted with a hearty "who?" when their name is mentioned. 'Mass Vendetta' is yet another attemot to bring their brand of music to the huddled masses, and if you like your rock infused with a definite roll, some sleaze and a splashing of punk, they might be right up your alley.
You'd be hard pushed to find anyone who, at first listen, throught TSB were a UK band. They sound as American as apple pie, mostly thanks to vocalist Joey Class, who jas the sort of voice that makes you think he trains by licking New York pavements until its just the right blend of throaty and melodic. Musically, they've definitely matured, with their songs having definite identities that set them apart from each other.
Whilst the full-speed-ahead of 'Train Wreck' stands out as the albums spit-in-yer-face punk and roller, they are just as happy to throw in the atmospheric mid-paced 'Out West', which has had one reviewer comparing it (not unfairly) to Tesla of all bands. 'Pretty Tricky' is another full on rock and roller that kicks off with a killer guitar twiddle, whilst 'Wedlock Horns' could be a lost Cindarella song (without so much screeching, thankfully). What I'm trying to say here is that TSB refuse to be stuck in a single category, and revel in variety throughout the album.
As Blackpool's least Blackpool-y band, The Senton Bombs will challenge what you think you know about them, and 'Mass Vendetta' should give existing fans a new appreciation of just what they can do. It's not perfect - 'Avalanche' and closer 'Apex' I can do without - but this album may represent a turning point for the band as they lift their heads up from the racing guitars and realise they can also do songs with a little more heart.
From: Get Ready To Rock
By: Jason Ritchie
This is the Senton Bombs fourth album and they have been plugging away for the past decade. I have not heard any of their previous albums but based on this one I will soon remedy that oversight. The band consists of Joey Class (vocals/bass), Damien Kage (guitars/vocals), Scott Mason (drums) and Johnny Gibbons (guitar/vocals).
Opener ‘Trailblazer’ gives a fair assessment of what the band are all about – intense rock ‘n’ roll riffs, tight ass rhythm and the vocals of Joey Class who sounds like is a US singer, yet the band hail from Blackpool. Well it is famous for its rock… (no more bad puns honest). This and the lead off track, ‘Mainstream’, really reminded me of Buckcherry around the time of their first couple of albums. A lot of press coverage mentions Guns ‘N’ Roses, which you can hear at times, often in the Slash approved solos.
The band sound so American it is uncanny at times. Take ‘Out West’, a mid paced number, listening to this you’d think you were listening to Tesla. Yet the title track has a fast, almost punk beat and is like the Backyard Babies crossed with Michael Monroe on speed. ’13 Days’ follows in the same fast groove and loving that bass line.
The Senton Bombs have the songs and the musical variety to get them noticed more. The closing track ‘Apex’ has a Sabbath-like riff, showing the band take many musical influences, mix them up and create a sound that it is their own, yet has familiarity to draw in fans of the aforementioned bands. Good time hard rock is in safe hands and if their live show is half as good as this album, they won’t remain a musical secret for long.
By Dave Higginson-Tranter
The Senton Bombs are a band I have followed, assisted and promoted since the very early days and I have seen them completely grow from a very able-bodied band with numerous pleasing ditties to a full-on, don't fuck unit that is absolutely firing on all sizzling cylinders and blowing the minds of all and sundry who have a taste not restricted and an attitude to embrace quality outside the pig ignorant borders. The band have never claimed to be a punk rock group, they have no desire to jump into any shit rank pigeon-hole, all they want to do is rock hard and roll out some quality tuneage - I stand up and applaud this attitude and am happy they break away from the stranglehold scenes can put on many fine noise makers. Here we have the band’s latest spillage and I am pregnant with a bastard of anticipation and I just hope my cerebral assessing cunt gets ripped wide open by another kicking and screaming bout of classy rock and roll - my legs are parted, pray let me soon be farted, now let's get started!
The first billow of musical breath is belched our way via the consummate ease slapped forth as 'Trailblazer', a song that throbs with the bands new found excellence and eureka invoking sanguinity. Not many bands open their account with a 5 minute plus saturation of gushing flamboyance but The Senton Bomb Squad are fully armed to the teeth and fully self-assured in their artful attack and give you one mighty chunk of choice noise to get grips with and leave you with no room for negating thought. Totally solid in all departments and riffing the airwaves to Utopian zeniths the crew set out a high opening gambit that will have them on their toes to maintain. An extra slice of quality comes in this first smash hit via several switch down westernised moments that just perspire a sweat of golden magnificence to grace the brow of any tuned in, tight fuck musical maestro. The only question left after this opening thrashing viper of victory is if I will be idiot enough to try and find any fault as this CD progresses - it has been known ya know. I play this opening song again and again simply because I fuckin' like it, any arguments please keep to yourself - I am not interested!
Second up and a more masterful session of musical midwifery as the cunt of cacophony is torn asunder and the wriggling, shit-kicking 'Mainstream', is borne unto the aural world and given a decent slap of confidence on the arse from this assessing onlooker. There is life aplenty within the belly of the creation, enough noisy animation to keep one occupied and certainly enough gurgling appetite to feed on your turgid pap of praise. As soon as the greedy lips of the song attach themselves to your attentive nipple you are sucked off, sucked in and...sucked dry by a mover that has much to take note of. That opening multi-faceted screw in fascinates before a steadier approach is briefly taken and gives one time to prepare for another drilling. A two-fisted fuck, all components are well-lubed, the delivery is easy and the resultant offspring something the band should be very proud of. I just wish I could have witnessed the conception - you see, we musical perverts can never get enough.
I am on the back foot, looking to take a beating here and 'Train Wreck' offers no respite. An eager beaver start gnaws at yer toned timbers, the logs fall and the tracks are laid and with a few testing fly bys the band get into a self-made slipstream and drive to a glorious oblivion, all done in sun-smoked tones and wonderfully discovered self-certainty. The manoeuvre from the utterly restrained to the loose geared trundle is all sublime and very accomplished with the unit quite happy to ponder the musical point and load every moment with savoury and saturated sonic extras. These are not mere titbits to dabble with and chuck to one side, these are complex creations there to be considered, complimented and critically acclaimed - I move on firm in the belief that the band are doing things oh so right. 'Out West' throws in an early angle to mull over, with whispered tones and slow-swirling respirations of very relaxed rhythms making for an episode that will test the ardent fan of the band. The rise and fall of the sonic chest occurs with caution and each intake is tinted with trepidation but in no way will hinder the actual living entity that gives rise to this sturdy emanation. I ask myself a question at this point and that is whether or not this song is the greatest example of the bands advancement thus far and exhibits a marbleised faith in their fecund fodder that is attaining many unpredicted zeniths many would never have thought possible? Worth a thought and while pondering, ease back and admire the tuneage baby!
No rest for the wickedly active and 'Mass Vendetta' hits my aural orifices with a good punk stagger of crisp wire wanks whilst the drooling oral slaps are puked up with Technicolor hunger you can only get infected by. The rise in the potential is cute and crafty and comes with behemoth focus and much unquestionable power that gorges on ones erection of alertness and makes sure many seeds of direct observance are ejaculated. The acupuncture intent has a reverse effect and increases the infected addiction we seem to be very much paralysed by and at the end of this frothing fucker we are back where we were - in need of desperate help and aching for another Sentonised fix. We druggies of discordance are an accursed breed. Onwards and a Thompson Gun blaze mows down any resistance, a caramelised sugar sharpness of lust snatches at your neurones and another darn racing blood vein is opened via the blade of '13 Days' - a fast fucking bastard who wants no prisoners, just victims. All assets of the creation are polished, cohesive and cracking a whip of concussive vehemence that will get even the most indolent cur off its ass and barking. Note - become involved!
Time to lower the flame, cook things with a little more patience. 'Avalanche' roams in nebulous mists that leave me kissed by a distinct frostiness and so give me the first opportunity to brandish a caring arm of critique. A half-baked intro this one that wanders in a land of almost 'nowhere' with the signpost to success veiled and not followed. Almost indulgent in its involvement and slowly testing the patience of this Fungalised fruit I reach for the replay button several times over and still come up with the verdict of an arid orifice slightly backed up with clogging constipation. I am not liking the sensation here and provide a verbal laxative as way of relief and advice - 'sharpen up boys and make the drifts darker and more dramatic'. Oooh me rectum! 'Pretty Tricky' gets back into the super groove and screws things rigid with a flame throwing emittance of perspiring sonica that has that teeth-clashing, spittle-inducing avidity we find most disarming and debilitating. Frontman Joey has an impenetrable slagdrop of rock and roll dynamism on which to climb and strut his stuff and strut the fucker does. The heftiness of this and other tracks is impressive and I lunge into the last three diseased with fanaticism.
And so to those final 3, no dawdling here, I am expecting much and will not meander and overfeed your indolent stomachs. 'Wedlock Horns' deliberately puts one sturdy foot in front of the other whilst a very strait-jacketed style of sonica escorts. The somewhat restricted rhythm is surely making way for a more liberated eruption which is certainly the case but not in the way expected. The blooming moments are too transient, too fleeting and leave me salivating for more for all the wrong reasons. The sub-chorus chunks are akin to a peepshow and leave one with a stalk to be rubbed rather than a well jacked member free of frustrating seeds. The band prolong the prick tease and I walk away perspired and lowly fired with a verdict of unsure - bastards. 'Red Shield' is more like it with an opening gambit that arouses but promises little. This is the best way so as to stop the listener jumping ahead of the expectation levels. The ascension is slight, the unwinding of the muscular abdomen of sound subtle and the songs inner heartbeat is resolute, bewitching and yes, you know it, believable. No rush, no bursting energy - just a reliable saunter to the closure, the confidence oozes and is tinctured with an extra swagger that emanates class. I am a satisfied eavesdropper. The closure comes via 'Apex', another unflustered account that thumb flicks its pages with aplomb and totally drilled in attention that will not waver from external desire, in-scene request and pop-pigeonholing pissiness. The band have never been more at home and like it, lump it, love it or hump it you have to admire the full on dedication and austere attention to the slag rock regime. I would have preferred a back to basics riff and roll out that slammed one in the eye and left a scar to attend to rather than this dwelling, overlong delivery that has little instantaneous wham factor. There ya go, an opinion, but even so my applause is not muted and I stand back and clap like a cunt for a band who have progressed in their own way and are now at the top of their game.
The Senton Bombs are a different beast from when I first witnessed them many moons ago and along the way I have seen them slowly but surely advance through many tunnels of detracting shite and develop into a firm-footed band purely at home with their sound and very much in control of what they do, who they do it to (oooh the nasty chaps) and how they do it. The journey hasn't been plain sailing, many dogs have tried to detract and drag but this lot are a fine example of what will happen if you stick to your guns and avoid the shackles of many strangling scenes - success I holler, success and this CD emphasises this belief. Onwards, upwards, sideways and then some - Bombs away!
From: Grande Rock
The Senton Bombs is a UK band that has been going on for almost a decade. “Mass Vendetta” is the band’s fourth studio release, after “Chapter Zero”, which was released in 2013.
The Senton Bombs play an amalgam of hard rock, glam rock, sleaze-punk, punk-rock with pop-rock elements. The play quite well and the singer, Joey Class, has a very good kinda raspy voice, which fits their music like a glove. The production, is a bit “dirty” rockin’ and in your face. The album was produced by Ronnie Bomb.
There’s nothing wrong with the band, even though they musically lean towards the other side of the Atlantic but that ain’t bad at all. What’s not all that good with “Mass Vendetta” is the lack of fine hooks and memorable melodies. This in-your-face rock music needs big hooks that will stick to your head right away. Also, the shortage of a couple of “hits” is a major downside for the band. None can say that this is a bad album but it misses the “X” factor to make it more desirable. Still, it’s a decent release by the guys… definitely try before you proceed.
From: Maximum Volume
By Bernard Baker
Bernard finds an awesome new band – except they aren’t new. Read on.
According to the press release, Blackpool band The Senton Bombs have been around for 10 years and this is their fourth studio album.
Given this I’m surprised that I’ve not been aware of them until now but there is a good chance that this release will be the one that puts them on everyone’s radar. Mass Vendetta is a cracking album, full of typical British hard rock with riffs that hark back to the 70’s combined with a sleazy sound on many tracks that is a ringer for prime time Guns ‘N’ Roses.
The album is consistently good from start finish with an opening salvo of Trailblazer and Mainstream leading into Train Wreck which hurtles along at a rapid rate. Pretty Tricky sounds like an out-take from Appetite For Destruction and closing song Apex is probably the heaviest thing here. To balance the rocks songs are a number of slower numbers that work really well. Out West, Avalanche and Red Shield have a little more light and shade and are uniformly excellent.
It’s a great album with not a weak track in sight and it deserves to do well.
From: Metal Temple
By: Garrett Davis
THE SENTON BOMBS are a British Hard Rock band formed in 2004 who don't really bring anything new to the table…and that's actually a pretty good thing. These guys bring the energy and sound of the best of the 80s, and man is that fun. I always try to find comparisons between bands and these guys just make my brain scream AEROSMITH; so that should give you something to compare them to.
The first song "Trailblazer" lives up to its name; burning a fiery path from ear to foot, and had me tapping along to the beat. "Mainstream" has a catchy hook that gets stuck in your head and the riffs will have you rocking along. These two songs have enough variety to them to show that THE SENTON BOMBS aren’t a one-sound pony; but also possessing enough in common to remind you that they do have their own sound as a band. "Train Wreck" ups the tempo and Joey Class really shines on vocals with his gritty and oily voice.
The next song, "Out West", is a pretty major deviation at first, channelling NEIL YOUNG for a soft Folk Rock sound. "Mass Vendetta" has quieter vocals, while rising and falling throughout; a song that's hard to beat and is one of my favourites from the album. Upping the tempo once more, "13 Days" has something reminiscent of NIRVANA at their best with its hushed but fierce tone. "Avalanche" keeps that sound going with quiet cymbal taps underlying the whole song, yet they’re so quiet that you might miss them at first.
"Pretty Tricky" breaks away from that trend with a fast-pace and wailing guitar warbling. Pulling from influences like ALICE COOPER, "Wedlock Horns" has a gritty, dark sound that is filled to the brim with intense emotion. "Red Shield" slips back into the lighter tone and has a slight echo on the vocals that lends a sombre note to the anti-authoritative lyrics. Finishing up with "Apex" - which is probably the heaviest song on the album -the guitars are distorted more than ever and lean the song into full Metal territory.
All in all, the album is a pretty relaxed listen that still gets your attention. I don't know if I would run out just for the purpose of buying it, but I certainly wouldn't pass it up the next time I'm looking through the stacks for new music.
Obligatory apology… Blackpool-based The Senton Bombs got in touch with me in plenty of time for me to review this album before it was released on the 15th. The fact that I’m tapping these words out a week afterwards is my own fault. On the other hand, I’m hoping that what I have for you here is enough for them to get a slightly delayed few extra sales.
The Senton Bombs are not a “new” band as such. They’ve been together for a decade and just signed a deal with 7Hard Records to shift this, their fourth album overall. The time they’ve spent playing and touring together has been well spent – this is a cracking rock album. Nothing highly original, but that for me is its strength. Cranking up Mass Vendetta is like taking a trip back to 1984 when great bands were still getting radio play.
The two singles from the album are the first two tracks and they’re as good as any to give you a feel for what’s within. “Trailblazer” and “Mainstream” are different enough to show variety, but similar enough to demonstrate that The Senton Bombs have a sound of their own. Rhythmic, pounding and with sleazy, gritty vocals from Joey Class they bring in flavours of so many bands that I’m simply not going to mention any. One glance through their press clippings names all the ones I was thinking of and a few more!
I have to say, though, that the first track that really grabbed me on the album was the third – “Train Wreck”. I think it’s the high-speed intro that really does sound like a train heading down the tracks toward you. It’s got the punchiest start to any of the songs and a great use of rhythm by skin-basher Scott Mason.
I’ve not mentioned the guitars yet (Class also does bass) and it’s actually “Mainstream” that includes one of the best bridge/solos around the 2:30 mark with some nice tones on the six-strings. The two guitars of Johnny Gibbons and Damien Kage swap over without it seeming forced or overly “guitar-wankery”. Nice, simple, heavy… rock’n’roll.
It’s always nice to have something obviously different just to show a band can spread its wings, and no rock album is complete without an acoustic (or at least non-distorted guitar) led track. Mass Vendetta has “Out West” which is, despite the thumping rhythms, a ballad at heart. Class uses an obviously more tempered vocal style in this one, and the clean guitar tones for the verses allow you to hear the lyrics nice and clearly.
The title track is one of the shortest songs on the album and with a short, staccato main riff sounds more punk than rock. This is one to get the crowd going near the start of a set – step on stage, launch this and then break for a few seconds to say “hello” before launching into something else. “13 Days” is much of the same ethos – fast and dirty, the shortest track at a shade over 2 minutes – and is as long as it needs to be. It’s probably one of my favourites, but I don’t begrudge its brief running time – I just shove it on repeat.
Like “Out West”, Avalanche goes for the lighter tone but I don’t feel it works quite as well as the earlier track. I can’t really pinpoint why, but I prefer the first. “Pretty Tricky” opens with a lick that promises lunacy and chaos and it doesn’t disappoint. A breakneck, punky number that would do any safety-pin pierced, green spiky-haired group proud.
It took me a while to get into “Wedlock Horns”, but I can see it being good live. The rhythm is made for overhead hand-clapping and the short guitar solos are amongst the best on the album. “Red Shield” is probably the “odd one out” on the LP, being the most different from the others. Sounding very late 1970’s, due to the guitar tone, slight echo on the vocals and a near-keyboard tone in the background. It’s also very anti-authority, suiting the mood both back then and today.
Album ender “Apex” is one of the heavier songs. Slower than anything of the other tracks, the guitars have been distorted to the max and headbanging is the order of the day.
If you want to check the songs out, you can listen to the whole album and purchase it here. It’s only £7 for a digital version, which is a bargain. They seem to tour a hell of a lot, not just in the UK, so do keep your eyes open in case they’re passing through your neighbourhood.
From: Music 224
By: Jay Hawkins
So what do Robert Smith (The Cure) Nicholas McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) all have in common with the band The Senton Bombs? Did you guess correctly, yes, no, give up? OK I’ll tell you, they all grew up in Blackpool and went on to become musicians.
Formed back in 2004, these guys have gone through four line up changes, yet have managed to release four full length albums, along with a handful of EP’s in their earlier years. Once a four piece, then a three piece and now back to being a four piece, with this current line up looking set to stay the duration. The band currently consists of the following members, Joey Class – bass & lead vocals, Johnny Gibbons – guitar & backing vocals, Damien Cage – guitar & backing vocals and Scott Mason – drums.
As with any sea side town, you expect to find rock – sticks of rock that is but it’s not often you manage to find a band that literally ROCKS! I’ve only just stumbled across these guys and how I’ve managed to miss seeing this band play live, up to now is a complete mystery as the band have played many shows in and around the UK, grabbing the attention of all the right media outlets along the way. Reading through the previously written media reviews about The Senton Bombs, reads like a hit parade and courtesy of all the right people in the business, all of which put these guys up in lights, brighter than Blackpool Illuminations themselves!
From what I can make out, these guys have set about RnR domination in the right way, hard work and it appears to have paid off, slowly, but surely, with the bands popularity growing, with every release they put out. The band have also managed to rack up some impressive accolades along the way, of which they can hold their heads high. For example:
Hot on the success of ‘Gambit’, the Senton Bombs went straight back into the studio and produced another 11-track album entitled ‘Chapter Zero’, which resulted in many breakthrough moments. The album gathered label interest, with the band agreeing a deal with STP Records to release the album in September of 2013. Both TBFM Magazine and Pure Rawk nominated ‘Chapter Zero’ for “Best new album of 2013”, critics raved, with Powerplay Magazine calling the album “Somewhat of a brilliance”.
After the release of ‘Chapter Zero’ the Senton Bombs appeared in the national finals of Highway to Hell in Glasgow and then embarked on a seemingly endless tour schedule into 2014. Two tours of Denmark and a UK tour saw the launch of a new limited edition EP entitled ‘Phantom High’, again released on STP Records. A significant record deal was then signed with Holier Than Thou Records, taking the bands music into the digital market.
After countless live appearances in 2014 the Senton Bombs returned to the studio and completed their highly anticipated fourth album in June 2015. The band continued their vigorous live schedule with notable appearances at Lechlade and Breaking Bands festivals, as well as a feature on the Classic Rock cover – mount CD. Numerous endorsements were secured, including a full band endorsement from Vintage Guitars. A tour of Europe (Germany and Netherlands) and the release of the single ‘Mainstream’ would see out 2015.
So without further delay, I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about and have agreed to review the bands latest album ‘Mass Vendetta’ to see if we too agree with all the hype.
‘Trailblazer’ is the first track on this album and it’s a great choice, as it certainly grabs the listeners attention! Think early Quireboy’s vocals mixed with riff’s that wouldn’t be out of place on Velvet Revolver’s album ‘Contraband’! Incidentally, neither of these two bands feature on the bands ‘Influences list’ Isn’t it funny how everyone has their own opinion on music! I really like this track, it certainly gets my blood pumping!
‘Mainstream’, track two, continues in the same vain as the first track, and is a fist pumping RnR riff machine with this sentiment continuing into the albums first single ‘Train Wreck’ and I’m aware that the band made this track available free to download throughout the month of May. As I listen to this track it conjures up visions of Shakin’ Stevens, wearing one of Elvis Presley’s jump suits, rockin out on stage, smacked up on uppers – it really is that good!
My love affair with the latter part of this album starts to dwindle on the next track ‘Out West’ as their song topic doesn’t really inspire me but the tracks ‘Mass Vendetta’ and ’13 Days’ manage to bring me back up on a high!
‘Pretty Trick’ is another perky little number that manages to get the old foot tapping again, as does ‘Wedlock Horns’. Generally this album is a great Rock n Roll album, with some great lyrics and choice of song topics, with this track being a fine example of that. As for being punk, there’s nothing punk about this album that I can hear – these guys are as punk as the band Green Day!
All in all, this album has sparked enough of an interest for me to want to go see this band perform live – if only to see the guitarist reproduce the lushes riffs that have been masterfully created on this album. Many people that I’ve spoken to have assured me The Senton Bombs are a great live band, so I’ll be on the look out for these guys on the gig flyers I receive, to see if I can catch a glimpse of these guys for myself!
Stand out tracks for me were ‘Trailblazer’, ‘Train Wreck’ and ‘Wedlock Horns’ and as an overall score, I’ll give this album a 4 out of 5.
For more information visit sentonbombs.
Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)
From: Photo Groupie
Long before the days of manufactured bands, TV talent shows and when every hit didn't feature somebody else, we had real music made by real musicians. Rock band, Senton Bombs hark back to those glorious days of rock and roll before grunge came along. For the long time rock fan their music may not present anything surprising but for a generation force fed the Radio One playlist, it will be a revelation.
The Blackpool quartet originally started life as The Terrorists in 2004 making their impact locally for their unique brand of 'punk infected rock n roll'.
Opening track Trailblazer certainly lays down their mission statement and vocalist Joey Class exclaims "a pioneer must appear blazing trails to new frontiers." With strong anti-establishment and political lyrics running through the album, the band could be compared to Megadeth for their awareness of social issues, whilst drawing on other classic rock and punk staples in terms of style. The songs riff makes it very clear that the band's inspiration lies with 90s rock, namely Guns N Roses, at the forefront of their influence. Mainstream continues their decrying of popular culture with acerbic lyrics such as “row your boat gently down the mainstream " The guitar work is pure rock fodder and Scott Mason's thumping drum work is a forceful addition to the track.
Trainwreck is an amusing commentary on internal band politics and who knows possibly even inspired by Axl Rose's onstage antics. The retro melody packs out a sleazy swagger to complement the chaos whilst Out West brings in a Quoirboys feel to the band's rock n roll styling as they add a poppy chorus for the song, something which is uncharacteristic for the band. Mass Vendetta's snarling vocals and guitar riffs are reminiscent of early Iron Maiden or Alice Cooper adding a touch of arena style rock to the raw nature of the album.
The band are far more than a catchy hook and growling bass line, they have a knack for blending genres and are suggestive, irreverent and thoughtful with their lyrics too. With Avalanche, the band adopts a slower style, like a musical reverie, before blasting back with Pretty Tricky and Wedlock Horns bring the back band to dirty sleazy rock with a bit of a country influence. Red Shield is a valiant cautionary tale of the finance industry and Apex rounds off the album with another mature political view on the world surrounding us, delivered in the band's shamelessly upfront style.
For those of you who like your rock bit more sanitised and commercial Senton Bombs are probably not the band for you. If, however, raging rock n roll with the energy of punk and the beer guzzling, brawling sensibilities of unadulterated heavy metal are your bag, you should definitely check out the fourth album from the Blackpool band. It's good old fashioned, head banging rock n roll, just the way you remember it.
From: Planet Mosh
By: Louise Swift
What’s the first thing you think of when I say Blackpool Rock? Something to get your teeth into? Something long pink and sticky? Now there’s some Blackpool Rock you need to get your ears into! Mass Vendetta is the latest album from Blackpool Punk/Rock Band The Senton Bombs released on 16th April 2016 by 7hard. Formed in 2004 as The Terrorists they already have several demos and three studio albums under their belts. ‘Sweet Chin Music’ ‘Gambit’ and ‘Chapter Zero’.
The album opens with Trailblazer and straight away grabs you with a catchy left hook, it’s got it all, starts off hard hitting, has a more gentle beat half way through, melodic ‘Ooh Oohs’, then speeds up again. Lot’s of diiferent elements blazing a trail for the following ten tracks! If you remember being a mere babe in arms and having lullabys sung to, to send you to sleep, then you may recognise some of the lyrics in Mainstream from Rock-a-bye Baby although this particular lullaby reminded me of Motorhead’s Metropolis in places, so I’m not sure it would send you to sleep, but if Motorhead did lullabys then it would have been something like Mainstream! Next comes Train Wreck and I move onto another childhood classic with Thomas the Tank Engine, think something like Golden Earring’s Radar Love meets Deep Purple’s Highway Star with added Toot Toots! The riffs really do sound like the chug of a train, add the vocal ‘Toot Toots’ and you can just imagine Thomas and friends chugging along the North Western Railway lines.
The title track Mass Vendetta is short, sweet and catchy, reminiscent of Experiment from their 2012 album Gambit. The shortest track 13 Days had a similar vibe to Knock Out Kaine’s 16 Grams of Heart Attack. Pretty Tricky a rock ‘n’ roller with some screaming riffs and aggressive ‘Hey Hey Heys’ with the chorus telling you to ‘Keep your cool it gets pretty tricky.’ Wedlock Horns has a marching beat and the lyrics include marrying the ‘Devil’s daughter’ and buying her a ‘Ring of fire’ and I like to think the seed for including the latter in the lyrics was sown when I likened Darkest Horse to it in my review of their last album Chapter Zero! In Red Shield the vocals are almost spoken in places and the riffs sound almost like bagpipes! Then we come to The Apex or the end of this particular trail with this heavy, Rammstein-esque number.
The Senton Bombs are, indeed, masters of versatility with a ‘MassVendetta‘ against being pigeon-holed into any one genre! If Motorhead did lullabys! If Thomas the Tank Engine did rhythm! If bagpipes played riffs! Elements of Rock, Punk, Country. The Blackpool Rockers have come up with a masterpiece again!
From: Power Metal
By: Walter Scheurer
Nicht immer übertreiben die britischen Kollegen
Mit dem dritten Album "Chapter Zero" konnte diese Band 2013 gehörig Staub aufwirbeln und auch die bald darauf nachgeschobene 5-Track-EP "Phantom High" kam gut an, weshalb Rock-Großbritannien im Moment felsenfest davon überzeugt ist mit diesem aus Blackpool stammenden Vierer ein weiteres, verdammt heißes Gerät im Köcher zu haben.
Skepsis ist jedoch - trotz aller zumeist angebrachter Vorbehalte den Kollegen gegenüber - in diesem Fall fehl am Platz, denn überraschenderweise sind die britischen Presse-Vertreter mit ihrer Einschätzung dieses Mal gar nicht so weit von der Realität entfernt.
Der Groove des Quartetts stimmt nämlich definitiv bereits und auch die eingelegte Marschrichtung scheint zu passen. Zudem können die Songs absolut glaubhaft vermitteln, dass es den Burschen, die schon seit mehr als zehn Jahren ihr Unwesen im Nordwesten Englands treiben, um nichts anderes geht, als zu rocken bis der Arzt kommt! Das gelingt durchaus!
Fokussiert und mit Nachdruck kredenzt das Quartett seine Tracks, die - trotz Einflüssen aus diversesten Ecken und Epochen des Rock-Bereichs - in erster Linie durch ihre mächtige und mitreißende Portion Sleaze zur Wirkung kommen. Aber auch eine permanent vorhandene Punk-Schlagseite muss unbedingt erwähnen werden, denn auch die trägt ein gewaltiges Scherflein zum Gelingen bei und lässt mitunter Erinnerungen an THE ALMIGHTY zu deren Blütezeit aufkommen.
Wenn man beim nächsten Versuch auch noch Hooks und zwingende Momente in einer ähnlichen Fülle kredenzen kann, wie man das bereits in Sachen Coolness und rotziger Lässigkeit schafft, wäre es wahrlich keine Überraschung diese Jungs weit oben in den Charts und in nicht minder hohen Positionen auf diversen Festivals zu sehen.
The third album "Chapter Zero" this band was in 2013 duly stir up dust and also the soon nachgeschobene 5-track EP "Phantom High" was well received, why rock the UK is firmly convinced at the moment of this coming from Blackpool quad to have another, damn hot machine in the quiver.
Skepticism, however - despite all mostly attached reservations colleagues opposite - in this case, out of place, because, surprisingly, the British press representatives are not so far away with their assessment, this time from the reality.
The Groove Quartet agrees namely definitely already and also the inserted line of approach seems to fit. In addition, songs can convey quite credible that the lads who their mischief in northwest England for more than ten years, is not about anything, than to rock comes to the doctor! This works perfectly!
Focused and forcefully proffers the quartet its tracks - are primarily due to their powerful and rousing Portion Sleaze for effect - despite influences from most diverse corners and eras of rock area. But there are no permanent punk flip side it is important to mention, because the bears at a massive mite to the success and can sometimes pay for their heyday memories of THE ALMIGHTY.
If you still can proffer hooks and compelling moments in a similar abundance in the next attempt, as one is already creating in terms of coolness and snotty permeability, it would truly be no surprise these guys high in the charts and in equally high positions on various to see festivals.
From: Powerplay Magazine
By: Steve Swift
Speaking to metal maniac Martin, he mentioned the Senton Bombs, which led synapses to fire a little - their first album was great, wasn't it? It had a punky attack with hard rock happiness. And there's a new album, you say? Let's have a listen... Hmmm... Well, it's not sounding as good as... Hang on... Oh, that's what they're doing... Well, that's different then!
Once this album settles into a groove, we see what's new here, some country and roll with Joey's whiskey gargling vocals and their heaving Motorhead feel. 'Apex' is tough but doesn't turn it's back on a smooth solo, and 'Pretty Tricky' is rockabilly riffing with a happy gang club sleaze. But 'red Shield' bridges that gap, it has a funky feel with a building organ but also some noir country and a solo warm and chunky as a bodybuilder's thighs - those country songs are laid back and have grits under the fingernails; 'Wedlock Horns' is a great example and 'Out West' has the sound of a heart breaking throughout.
Recorded with minimum fuss, this rather left leaning opus has dirt and grime ingrained and a hope for a better time in this decaying country of ours; being with this album will help. A mass vendetta is a bitter feud. Do we need a vendetta? This album, yes. And the other? As Wilde said, the trouble with Socialism is that it takes so many evenings...
From: Raw Ramp
By Neil Mach
THE SENTON BOMBS from Blackpool UK now have over a decade of experience. We remember seeing their performance showcase back on the 2014 “Highway to Hell” and we recall that their blend of sneezy punk and hard-grilled rock was bold and heady.
Now comes “Mass Vendetta” their fourth studio album. It is one of the most anticipated albums on the UK underground rock scene.
The Bombs are hoping to capitalize on the success of their 2013 album “Chapter Zero” and an E.P. issued in 2014 titled “Phantom High.”
Senton Bombs - delicious and surly riffs.
The new album starts with “Trailblazer”which is excitingly stormy. There are guitar flurries, gusts of meaningful voice and sparkling waterfalls of drummery. The bass notes are vibrant and the arrangement will keep your interest right up until the ground-shaking conclusion.
There are more delicious and surly riffs on the next track “Mainstream” — the vocal is parched beyond what seems feasible and the oily skin of this number will almost certainly tar and blacken your easily corruptible senses.
The title track “Mass Vendetta” is a short stabbing burst of frenetic energy with panting, punktastic attitude.
The final track “Apex” is one of our favorites. Awesomely dark ruby red and semi-sticky… This magnificently gloopy song will stick to your nerve endings like gluey ooze … untill the mocking voice filters right up through your glands.
From: Rhythm & Booze
2015 was something of a big year for Blackpool based, four-piece, The Senton Bombs, the band performed live at a number of festivals, embarked on two European tours, adding to their already impressive fan base, whilst still finding time to put the finishing touches on Mass Vendetta, the band’s fourth full length album.
The first single, Mainstream, lifted from the new album (reviewed elsewhere on this very site) suggested big things but nothing fully prepares you for just how damn good Mass Vendetta is, it’s a ballsy album, full of hard hitting, classic rock riffs, gritty melodies and enormous sing-a-long hooks. Mass Vendetta is the jolt that rock has desperately needed since the late 80’s glory days.
The album opens with touch of stick work before the first massive riff and Trailblazer crashes into view and we’re off, on a rollercoaster ride of crashing drums, driving bass, punchy guitar flourishes and the attitude soaked lead vocals of Joey Class, before the band strip things back with a stunning melodic break, proving that much more than just posturing here, this is a band who are equally adept at both brawn and melody. The aforementioned swaggering Mainstream follows, quickly followed by squawking, sleazy riffs of Train Wreck as The ‘Bombs don their tightest spandex and live out their big hair fantasies with a blistering slice of hedonistic Rawwwwkkkkk.
Further highlights include, the rousing, title track, Mass Vendetta, a glorious punk fueled racket, full of snot and sawdust, spiky riffs and battered beats, bringing to mind the lip curling antics of the New York Dolls, the five-minute roughed up ballad, Avalanche (featuring a more restrained Class and subtle guitar textures from Johnny Gibbons and Damien Kage), the shit-kicking, fist in the air, force of Pretty Tricky with it’s rolling drums (Scott Mason) and spiky fretwork and the glorious straight-up rock 'n’ roll of Wedlock Horns with it’s combination of acoustic strum and electric strut.
Mass Vendetta is a genuine slab of rock gold, an eleven track affair that has it all, anthems, hooks, attitude, holler-a-longs, adrenaline, sweat, vigour, every box ticked, an explosive affair from start to finish, that’s guaranteed to satisfy rock fans the world over, forget recent big name reformations, the resurrection of rock is safe and secure in the hands of The Senton Bombs!
From: Ringmaster Review
By: Pete Ringmaster
There is nothing better than watching a band which catches the ear build on previous successes whilst pushing themselves and sound. UK rockers The Senton Bombs is a band which consistently manages that impressing trait and has so again with new album Mass Vendetta. The band’s most diverse and boldly adventurous offering yet, the eleven track stomp sees the band pushing into feverishly imaginative and variety spun territories whilst still rocking like a bitch in season incited hound.
Formed in 2004, the Blackpool quartet seemed to hit the ground running in sound and attention, become a greedily devoured live proposition matched in support for their early releases including a pair of well-received albums. Fair to say though as successful as they were, the band really hit the spot on with Chapter Zero in 2013. In many ways it was a landmark in the band’s growth, The Senton Bombs honing their persistent embracing of varied flavours and styles into something which really set the band apart from the crowd. Various singles and the excellent Phantom High EP of 2014 saw the band pushing their fusion of hard and blues rock fired punk ‘n’ roll on again; their rousing and inventive stomps heavily nudging on worldwide awareness which this fourth album will surely only ignite.
Such its bold step forward from its predecessors in imagination and character, though hindsight shows the seeds were already openly audible in past releases, it took ears a first listen to get to grips with the Ronnie Bomb produced encounter. From there though, it was full steam ahead as body and imagination got eagerly involved with the album’s dramatic roar which starts with recent single Trailblazer. From its initial percussive coaxing, spicy grooves spiral out, wrapping eager ears as rhythms add their thick thump. The potent start is soon stirred up further by the recognisable grainy vocal tones of bassist Joey Class and his bass’ similarly familiar throaty sound. Equally, the imaginative twists and turns which emerge as melodic calms and clean vocals collude with fiery expulsions and energetic tenacity only increase the song’s potency. Further encasing ears in a blues lined sonic web cast by guitarists Damien Kage and Johnny Gibbons, the great track is a pungent hint of things to come with its entwining of unpredictable and dynamically varied textures.
art_RingMasterReviewMainstream comes next, a track already soaked in acclaim as a single last year. It opens on similar blues laced grooves to its predecessor, they entangling the rampant swings of drummer Scott Mason before things relax a touch as bass grooves join those of the guitars and Class’ always alluring and anthemic vocal delivery. Rising strands of creative theatre and rousing energy adds to the brewing drama and contagion of the track, the album itself increasingly gripping an already eager appetite as it heads towards an even headier plateau through the following pair of Train Wreck and Out West. The first of the two grips ears straight away through Mason’s rolling beats alone; only increasing its persuasion as flirtatious riffs and grooves joins the rapacious energy fuelling a rockabilly courting slice of bracing rock ‘n’ roll. Like Turbonegro meets The Pirates, the track has the body bouncing and appetite greedy before its successor explores a melodic and emotively enticing landscape. The song is as virulently catchy as anything on the album but takes the band into new creative scenery with its melody evocative and emotively inspired alternative rock balladry with a definite Midnight Oil feel to it.
The album’s title track strolls boldly in next, its feisty punk ‘n’ roll a rebel rousing exploit for body and spirit led by the scything beats of Mason and Class’s attitude soaked tones. The track is simply rock ‘n’ roll to lose control to, a mosh pit inciter and rebellion instigator which just needs to be the next single. Then again that can apply to numerous tracks within Mass Vendetta, as the contagion bulked 13 Days instantly proves. Riffs and hooks dig deep, anthemic vocal and energy infests, and rhythmic predation only excites as the track throws itself around like a creative dervish.
Allowing a breath to be taken, Avalanche saunters in next, sharing surf rock flames across its sultrily ambient skies and gravelly smouldering vocals. Unsurprisingly, the song also has an edge to its heart and creative nature which magnetically contrasts with the almost exotic hues and bracing emotion sharing their tempting.
Back to next single choices and the blazing romp that is Pretty Tricky makes a loud shout. Hard and punk rock meets classic and glam spiced rock ‘n’ roll, the track has feet involved by the end of its first torrent of chords and burst of rhythmic rampancy, the voice on board within the first round of the seriously addictive chorus.
Wedlock Horns brings another irresistible twist to the album, its reserved but eager entrance providing eighties rock/new wave flirtation from which Class and band swing with a southern blues infused revelry which again has restraint but stronger zeal in its lively heart. If without leading the body into bad habits, the song enthrals just like the folk punk lined Red Shield. With Class’ cleans tones as compelling as the lyrical drama and incitement, the track sublimely grips ears and imagination whilst sharing its emotive snarl.
Mass Vendetta closes with the highly enjoyable Apex, another imposing and predacious slab of infectious hard/punk rock brawling giving the album a rousing finale and the listener one last reason to hit the play button again. As in some ways expected, the band has moved on again in sound and invention but this time with their biggest leap in creative diversity and bravery yet. If it did not already, the world is about to know all about The Senton Bombs.
Mass Vendetta is released April 15th via 7Hard @ http://sentonbombs.com/store
Pete RingMaster 05/04/2016
From: Rock City Magazine (Germany)
***CD of the Month***
Unbelievable great band from England, but more orientated on the American market.
The Mix of Glam Metal (motives from Mötley Crüe, L.A Guns, and Warrant) and Punk & Roll (motives of Tower Of London, Turbonegro and the early KISS) is presented in an unbelievable intensive and energetic way.
Songs like "Trailblazer", "Mainstream" or "Pretty Tricky" are absolute awesome material for fans of the bands mentioned above.
TOP Release with a terrific sound, perfect production and the best tracks!
From: Rock In The Blues
By: Lucas Campbell
After the explosive ‘shock and awe’ of their last album ‘Chapter Zero’ which was going to be a ‘hard act to follow’ The Senton Bombs have delivered an equally dynamic and without doubt their heaviest rock album to date in the form of ‘Mass Vendetta’.
Most bands tend to live out their lives in the slipstream of one major album success that defines their sound but The Senton Bombs are out to prove that this will not be the case for them as they continue to build their success around high grade well crafted songs and recordings without compromising or diluting the essence of their music.
This album captures the band in fine form with a heavy sonic sound format built around memorable guitar riffs, pounding drums and topped off with venomous sneering vocal deliveries, all essential components in The Senton Bombs arsenal. The band also display an unquenchable thirst to perform thought provoking hard hitting anti establishment songs which lays their marker firmly down proving that this isn’t simply ‘bop till you drop’ music, or worse still manufactured songs in pre programmed formats that we are subjected to every day in the mainstream media networks.
Surprisingly ‘Mass Vendetta’ is an album of contrasts too especially within the aptly named opening track itself “Trailblazer” a hard core rocker that has a much quieter laid back wanderlust mellow bridge section that accentuates the louder and heavier passages in the track. ‘Mainstream’ has a ‘head banging’ riff sequence to die for whilst the carousing tale “Train Wreck” sees the band careering off at breakneck speed down a closed section of rail track crashing through ‘danger’ signs only to disappear at the end of the line, but reappear again with the glorious “Out West” an anthemic country rock style song which somehow reminds me of early Bryan Adams material with an infectious ‘sing along’ chorus. Then into bowels of “Mass Vendetta” which is an earth scorcher with one of the finest fiery vocal performances by Joey Class followed by “13 Days” a song in a similar vein with some slightly softer nuances. “Avalanche” is one of the standout tracks on the album a mid tempo semi psych rock track reminiscent in feel to The Yardbirds “Evil Hearted You/Still I’m Sad” a haunting song. “Pretty Tricky” is a full throttle ‘stick your head through the railings’ rocker with “Wedlock Horns” running high in the pecking order of memorable favourites to my ears with a defining and effective lead guitar line of exceptional tonal quality which punctuates the song. “Red Shield” borders on an epic as it tells the unfolding story of the banking system and its control over “this world they’ve bought and sold” A fascinating song and parable which is a testament to a unique song writing talent. “Apex” draws the album to its final conclusion in typical Senton Bomb ‘take no prisoners’ mode. There simply isn’t one second rate track on this album and your favourite song is always going to be the one you are listening to at that moment!
Angry young men really can make great Rock & Roll and it can rarely have sounded better than the recordings on this album. Messrs Class, Gibbons, Kage & Mason have every right to feel proud of this recording and all they have accomplished as The Senton Bombs with the band having been signed to top German label '7 Hard' for worldwide distribution of this album. In an ideal world I would like to see more rock acts being signed up by the big record companies instead of being locked into a continuous downward spiral of pop mediocrity which seems to be the order of the day. The Senton Bombs have the talent to buck the trend and have once again left their mark with “Mass Vendetta”stirring music played by real musicians determined to make a difference. “Long Live Rock”!!
From: Rock Tip (Germany)
rocktip.de Album des Monats Februar 2016
Senton Bombs - Mass Vendetta
7Hard Records - 15.04.2016
Nach der grandiosen EP im letzten Jahr (Link zum Review siehe unten) waren wir sehr gespannt auf das insgesamt vierte Studio Album der “Senton Bombs”. Unsere hohen Erwartungen wurden nicht enttäuscht. Mit “Mass Vendetta” und einem Deal auf einem international gut vernetzten Label könnte die Band nach 10 Jahren jetzt so richtig durchstarten. Fast Forward Hard Rock mit starken Wurzeln im Punk, tolle Songs, sehr abwechslungsreich. Was schon die EP auszeichnete gilt auch für das Album. Unser Tip für eine Single ist das grandiose “13 Days”. Unbedingt kaufen - unser Album des Monats! Hoffentlich bald auch mal wieder “live in Germany”.
Track List (Highlights in fett)
3. Train Wreck
4. Out West
5. Mass Vendetta
6. 13 Days
8. Pretty Tricky
9. Wedlock Horns
10. Red Shield
After cracking EP last year ( link to review, see below) , we were very excited about the overall fourth studio album " Senton Bombs " . Our high expectations were not disappointed . With " Mass Vendetta " and a deal on an internationally well-connected label the band after 10 years could now take off really . Fast Forward Hard Rock with strong roots in punk , great songs , very varied . What have the EP is also distinguished for the album . Our tip for a single is the great " 13 Days " . Be sure to buy - our album of the month ! Hopefully soon again " live in Germany" .
From: Soul Of A Clown
By: Paul Hastings
When we first started to hear about this release from The Senton Bombs, there was talk of a great, big rock n roll band recalling the likes of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Backyard Babies etc. We therefore assumed that they were from America, probably L.A., or at a push maybe Sweden. It was therefore, a bit of a shock to discover they were from Blackpool in the U.K! Not exactly a mecca of rock n roll. That, however, just made us even more intrigued to discover what the band was all about.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard such a cool rock riff like the one that opens up this album on “Trailblazer”. There is no hiding from the fact that this is a ‘proper’ rock album. The kind that will have you thinking of bands like Guns N Roses (when they were good!), Backyard Babies, early Skid Row etc. Indeed “Mainstream” hits the sleazy height that only the best Sunset Strip bands like Faster Pussycat were able to reach.
Songs like “Train Wreck” and the title track “Mass Vendetta” are really just about big riffs, low slung guitars and slutty vocals. “13 Days” is just a brilliant punk n roll song, which is as anthemic as it is dirty. Are the songs sophisticated? No, P.C? No, but they’re damn good fun.
That’s not to say that the album isn’t without its subtlety though. Whilst “Out West” may start like a typical rock ballad, it’s really just a strong pop/rock number. “Avalanche” also shows a more ‘mature’ sound which initially comes as a surprise. It’s a more moody and darker song, which recalls the hugely under rated The Throbs with its Alice Cooper esque sound.
We’re soon back to the scuzzy rock n roll of “Pretty Tricky” and the swaggering style of “Wedlock Horns”. These songs are really like a history lesson in sleaze rock, taking in the greats like Aerosmith, Hanoi Rocks, Guns N Roses and Backyard Babies. It all then comes to a premature end with the hair metal rock of “Apex”.
The fact that we’ve name checked some of our favourite bands of all time probably shows how much we loved this album. We are not ashamed of our love of glam/hair metal. Despite being a much derided scene, it produced a fair few great rock n roll bands and some classic tracks. Since those Sunset Strip hey days, a number of bands have tried to revive that sound. However, they have tended to end up just either poorly imitating those bands or, indeed, making a mockery of them. The Senton Bombs are one of the very few modern bands who have delivered an album that can comfortably sit alongside great albums like, Appetite, Second Coming, Wake Me When It’s Over, Total 13 etc. If you recognise those titles then you definitely need to go out and buy this!!
From: TBFM Magazine
By Stevi Rox
The Senton Bombs have been around for over 10 years, starting off as what could be called punk rock n rollers. So here we have long player number 4 and it contains all the aspects I love about the band. Big riffs, Catchy music, sing-along choruses, huge hooks, infectious beats and on top of all that, thoughtful lyrics. The thing is, I don't expect to hear the same album twice by The Senton Bombs, where as Chapter Zero is an album I would put on just before a night out, this is an album for anytime. The stomping-arse-kickingness of the old is still there in songs like 13 Days and title track Mass Vendetta. Pretty Tricky and Train Wreck rock out - the latter I could see becoming an irresistable live favourite. The first single, Mainstream, was released last year and I admit I was not fully taken by it, but now it has completely grown on me and along with opener Trailblazer should open the band up to a wider audience. Add into the musical mix a hint of the blues and a slight country influence and 'The Bombs' deliver a veritable cocktail of the most scumptious, hard rock imaginable!
The splendid writing shines through on the slower mid-tempo songs, I'm not giving too much away to say there is an anti-establishment theme running through most of the songs. The last four are the ones I find myself returning too the most, Avalanche opens all atmospheric and leads into Wedlock Horns an early favourite on the album. The epicness continues into Red Shield, who else could write a song about the banks fucking us over, yet it still sounds so good! A broody dark finale awaits with the riff heavy Apex, with a cracking guitar solo, before fading out with a glorious ending.
This is why albums were invented, so you can hear the full brilliance of these amazing musicians that entertain us and fill our souls with wonderment and joy.
From: Uber Rock
By Ross Welford
If you read any little titbit or review about The Senton Bombs, you'd read comparisons mentioned such as Backyard Babies coupled with Social Distortion, Monster Magnet coupled with Buckcherry, AC/DC and early Aerosmith. Now can any band really live up to those bands and expectations?
In the case of Blackpool's very own 'Bombs, the answer is unmistakably YES.
And do you know what? My instant reaction was "Fuck me, someone has actually managed to capture the swagger of The Sea Hags at last." The attitude and cool licks will appease all those people that were so disappointed with the last Backyard Babies album (and I'm pretty certain that there were many) as well as pleasing any fan interested in gritty, classic rock ‘n’ roll done with a beer swilling, charming smile that hides a glimmer of grime beneath it.
Let's start at the beginning though, this isn't a run through of bands that have been before. Yes, it may have influences running high and they're not reinventing the wheel - BUT when the opening track is as great as ‘Trailblazer’ then you cannot help but get carried away. The vocals of Joey Class aid the Sea Hags nod but together with the backline and dirty, street urchin guitar work of Damien Kage this band are alive and ready for action. ‘Mainstream’ instantly toes the same line and I can feel my long lost youthful sneer appear on my smug face as the music courses through my veins and the volume instantly gets turned up another notch as the power the band are creating is simply just great, great rock ‘n’ roll that you need in your life.
"Who doesn't love a train wreck?" they ask in the song of the same name (‘Train Wreck’) - well, I guess we all do, but this song is far from a train wreck. It's a non-stop, fist pumping annihilation of excess RnR like most of this album. The title track (‘Mass Vendetta’) is another quick-fire raid on your senses with added guitar solo for those missing out on that old skool classic feeling. With not even half of the album gone, you'll know that this band and album will be around for a while in your life. ‘13 Days’, ‘Pretty Tricky’ and final track ‘Apex’ are more great examples of what exactly this band can achieve and it's much more than solid.
When The Bombs do change tact slightly, such as on the track ‘Avalanche’, you realise that they are more mature than a band simply ripping off the classic “fuck, fight and riff until your dead” blueprint. They display a slice of ability and sophistication that should have made this band a bigger name than they are on this, their 4th album. Add the track ‘Out West’ to that thought process as they prove that they can really change up (or down) their sound when they need and want to produce songs that are not their obvious, first identity.
I can't vouch for their previous material but if it's anything remotely as good as this album then the UK really can be proud of a band as great as The Senton Bombs and while the current trend for loving imports such as Biters shows no signs of slowing down, I hope that this home grown band can grab the same amount of attention.
Scrunch up that GN’R reunion ticket, the past is present right here. At the very least, you need to give them enough love to click this link. You'll not be disappointed.
From: Vive Le Rock Magazine
By: Pete Craven
Blackpool rockers turn it up to 11
Opening number 'Trailblazer' comes swaggering out the speakers, shaking with aspirations that are more Sunset Strip than Golden Mile. With a decade of action before them, this is their fourth album, earned the hard way, sweating it out on stage and burning up tour miles. In other words, they're doing it the right way, and no doubt still hunkering for that 'big break'. Whether 'Mass Vendetta' is the album to do it for the lads will have to be seen, but fair to play to them for their heads down fortitude, as they huff 'n' puff through these eleven songs, all loaded with big, smooth and chunky riffs and shout-along choruses that are coming to a beer soaked bar near you soon. If the G'n'R reformation got you excited, this may well be an album for you.
From: Whisperin and Hollerin
You know where you are with The Senton Bombs. Want a rock band who deliver rock albums? The Senton Bombs are that band. They’ve already established themselves, over the course of three previous albums and an EP, as purveyors of rock-solid old-school rock. There’s no frills, and no messin’.
No doubt there’s something in the fact the foursome hail from Blackpool. They’ve got everything to prove, and every reason to break out of the Lancashire seaside resort that’s as notorious as it is seasonally popular. After all, while Blackpool may have been the first town in the world to have electric street lighting and pioneered seafront illuminations, it hasn’t been renowned for its progress in more recent times, and really doesn’t have much of a reputation for music.
The Senton Bombs represent the rockin’ middle finger. The kind of rock sound most commonly associated with the likes of Mötley Crüe and Aerosmith might not be revolutionary, but it’s a far cry from the end-of-pier crony covers acts of home and these guys are tight in their execution of the riff-centric hard-rock sound.
If it’s not your bag, then take Def Leppard’s advice and get the rock outta here