The Sellout, an Austrian alternative band, fight their way into the rock scene with their first EP, appropriately titled: „1st Strike.“ But is their attack a successful one or should they choose to retreat?
Okay, so the first thing I will mention is that The Sellout might have picked the wrong name… Now this isn’t a bad thing at all, seeing as they unforgivingly smash out one hard riff after the other on their premiere EP “1st Strike.” The Sellout is no ragtag band of misfits gone good to please their fans in any way, shape, or form. But tracks like “Generation Slave,” “Addicted,” and “Dark Days“ immediately make you realize that you are listening to, what I would call, a “classic” alternative rock album. „1st Strike,“ in summary, is great because you get what you expect from the CD, but there is, on the other hand, a certain diversity between the tracks that is missing. I was very satisfied with what I got from the EP: alternative rock like I’ve known it for years, but sometimes getting what you already know is not enough. All in all, I can recommend The Sellouts „1st Strike“ to people who are devoted alt-rock fans, but people trying to newly get into the genre might have a bit of a harder time finding their place…
I give The Sellout 3.5 out of 5 Rockabillies for creating what I consider to be a classic alt-rock album with fast riffs and classic rock elements, but it is unfortunately missing that certain „kick“ I had been hoping for.
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