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It's More Than Rock And Roll E.P.

   
       
       
       
     
             
Rock Goddess are an all female heavy metal band from the UK, formed in 1977 by the Turner sisters Jody And Julie. As pre-teens, live gigs were limited, yet wherever they played the audience would be blown away by their energetic and aggression fuelled performances. The bands self titled debut album was released in 1983 and boasted the hard rocking and anthemic 'Heavy Metal Rock 'N' Roll'. It was this song that made me fall in love with the band and I have followed them ever since. Girlschool, another UK all female band, were riding high with their fourth album 'Play Dirty', and between them, these two bands became leading lights for more all female bands to follow. The bands second album 'Hell Hath No Fury' was a more polished affair, with third album 'Young And Free' only ever released in France. Shortly after its release the band split up, briefly reforming in 1994, before disbanding the following year.    
             
In 2013, it was announced that Rock Goddess would reform with the original line-up and begin writing a new album. The new album 'Unfinished Business' never materialised, however a three song E.P. 'It's More Than Rock And Roll' will be released in the summer of 2017. Thirty years after the last release by Rock Goddess, will the band be able to reclaim their position as a top all female rock band? The answer is simple...it's a yes. The opening salvo is the title song 'It's More Than Rock And Roll' and echoes the distinctive sound of the band from their formative years. Anthemic in its delivery, the guitars buzz, the rhythm chugs relentlessly and the vocals are superb. This is classic British heavy metal, with an obvious NWOBHM influence. The years have been kind to all three members of the band, not just in terms of looks, but musicianship too, with the vocals by Jody sounding as good now as they did way back in 1983...in actual fact, even better I think.    
             
Next up is the mildly aggressive and in your face 'Back Off'. The opening buzzing guitar riff is pure NWOBHM, with the chorus chant "Back Off" a guarantee to be sung at every venue that Rock Goddess play this song. American legends Manowar are famed for their anthemic heavy metal themed songs, but are gonna be relegated into second place by Rock Goddess and their emphatically prophetic 'We're All Metal'. Opening with the stunning admission "We're All Metal, Yes We Are", 'We're All Metal' is very heavy, with superb guitar riffage and a thunderous mid tempo foot stomp. There is so much "metal" contained in the lyrics that it's hard to decide which line is the best but "we are DM's, we are badges, we are wristbands, we are leather, we are Tee's and colour never" is one that pretty much sums up heavy metal fans the world over. Even Slayer, Metallica, Purple, Sabbath, Zeppelin and Angus get a mention...superb song writing.    
             
Overall, a stunning release from a band that helped shape the NWOBHM evolution during the eighties, and who are still proudly flying the flag for British heavy metal.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
             
             
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