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Album Review: Cameltoe – Up Your Alley

If you name your band Cameltoe, you’re bound to be a parody band, right? Actually, that isn’t the case here. Cameltoe are a really odd hybrid of metal and rock that focus on strong melody with heavy distortions that are very crisp. Their album Up Your Alley dropped earlier this year, and after a few spins, it proves to serve a pretty solid ground of strong ideas with somewhat generic consignment.

I would describe this as a very weird one, but not weird in the sense of layout, just the method. If this makes any sense at all, picture heavy AOR. I realize that’s somewhat contradictory, but hear me out. The tempos and riffs are laid out in a very non-metallic way, with pretty much no ferocity, darkness, or attitude. They are, however, dropped down and toned to fit a much heavier type of music. On top of this is the cleanest singing that you can get, and keyboards reminiscent of what Boston would have used in the ‘70s. See “Tank Commander” to get the gist of what I’m talking about.

Truthfully, there are some great chops here. “Screaming My Head Off” is quite catchy, and I could easily see this becoming a radio hit had the band been one of a bigger name. There’s some glam metal tampering that makes their way into the tunes here, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The problems aren’t within the members’ talent, because they display a lot of it. The issues arise with the generic build of almost every song following the exact same formula, and the production being entirely too clean for its own good. This winds up making the songs seem even more samey.

Up Your Alley was a tough one. It took about three listens before I even had a somewhat good grasp on it. For an album with AOR leanings, it’s got some really heavy riffwork, which could be neat. Unfortunately, most of the songs become predictable and you’re confiding completely in the catchier moments. The ballads are pretty soothing as well, I recommend “I Always Cared.” It’s worth a spin for sure though and shows a lot of potential.

Up Your Alley came out in early 2018 and can be found on Amazon.

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