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I'm left feeling the band are unsure and unclear on both their identity and where they are going.

'Freaks Of Society' is the second offering from this Italian outfit formerly known as Modern Middle Ages but, unfortunately, there's the feeling they are not yet settled in their approach.

'Monsters Love' has a bit of a LA Guns, late eighties Sunset Strip feel about it, crossed with a more European sing-along chorus and Metal sensibility with a classically-inspired guitar solo. 'Gangs Eraser' has a fast-paced verse coupled with a slower, more Stoner style chorus, but with eighties style guitar. 'Thai Of Mine' features lyrics like "Hollywood Queen" tells you where this track is coming from and it's a definite nod to Guns 'N' Roses. 'Postatomic Hotel' is a lighter track with a Poppier chorus while 'L.A. Mist' is also lighter, slightly Punk, slightly Grunge, but with a Slash inspired chorus. It's a much of a strange mix as it sounds.

'Monkey Junkie' returns to the Metal agenda and is a bit Skid Row (late) in parts although the track does slow down for another Slash-inspired solo. 'Rockers Of The Eagle' is probably the album's best track with a catchy chorus and sticking to one eighties Classic Rock agenda. It is certainly more straightforward than some of the other tracks. 'Neighbourhood Stars' has a naïve Punk feel to it save for the guitar which is pure class, if a little anomalous next to the vocals. 'Fading Idol' would not be out of place on a Hanoi Rocks album; a Rock track but one including some Punk sensibilities, except for the Slash-like solo which, again, seems out of place with the rest of the song.

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'Freak?' is part eighties Pop, part Teutonic Metal and part Slash solo, again I'm afraid a bit of a dog's dinner. 'F.A.N.' is more of a Twisted Sister anthemic number, although there are some Punk twinges and some GNR style dialogue GNR mid-track before, yes, you guessed it, the Slash-inspired solo. 'Little Lizzy', the bonus track, suits its guitar more than many of the other tracks on the album and yet appears to be an afterthought.

This album has some nice moments and some great guitar, but ultimately it was somewhat schizophrenic and I'm left feeling the band are unsure and unclear on both their identity and where they are going.

Dawn Osborne

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