There’s a time to stay in your lane and a time to break out of the pack. And to their credit, the testosterone-fuelled Hamilton headbangers of Monster Truck find a way to do some of both on their freewheeling third album True Rockers. Most of the 11-song affair wisely keeps it between familiar lines, sticking to the hard-driving retro-rock, boogie-down blues and organ-rich barnburners that have been putting the tiger in their tank and the air in their tires since Day 1. And they oughta get plenty of mileage out of a cameo by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider on the turbocharged title cut. But next to all that blast-from-the-past thunder, more eclectic and melodic fare like Young City Hearts, Undone and the falsetto-flecked modern rocker Evolution (there’s a hint) can’t help but stand out like a Mercedes at a muscle-car show. Bottom line: Monster Truck still know how to put the pedal to the metal, but it’s good to know they haven’t started to spin their wheels yet. Keep on truckin’, boys.
Monster Truck | True Rockers
Hamilton headbangers can still put the pedal to the metal without spinning their wheels.