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PILEDRIVER ‘Piles of Rock’ Pile (2003)

Itís a common practice for most bands to make their very first steps in the world of music as cover bands. Sometimes you need to lure people in order to listen to your music and in cases like these performing popular songs in between your own set is something almost inevitable. This, among others, is the story of Piledriver.

The quartet was formed in 1997 as a Status Quo cover band. The band made plenty of shows and even gained the appreciation of the German Status Quo fan club, who refered to them as an'absolutely professional band' and 'a group of musicians able to offer gigantic performances to their audiences'. But being a cover band was not exactly what Peter Wagner (Vocals) and Co had in mind.

'Piles of Rock' is the bandís latest release which will appeal to fans of Status Quo, ZZTop, C.C.R and Foghat: Bluesy Rock níRoll with nice catchy riffs and colorful band vocals. While listening to the album, I could almost imagine the band being on stage, and this feeling accompanied me throughout this twelve track CD. Bands like Piledriver belong on stage, period! I really enjoyed listening to 'Donít Fade Away', Little Latin Lover' and 'Magic', with the latter being my favourite track of the album.

'Piles Of Rock' is a very good Rock NíRoll album, which can be enjoyed by anyone whoís open-minded enough to give it a try! One thingís for sure: If they play near my house I will definitely go to see them Ė so must you!


Review by John Stefanis

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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