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Trucker Diablo - Fighting For Everything album review

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Cover art for Trucker Diablo - Fighting For Everything album

Swooping in with an arena rock attitude, the third album from this Northern Irish foursome elevates them to a new level. Often referred to as stadium pub rockers, the emphasis is now firmly on the ‘rock’, their songs blazing with big ambitions.

Taking cues from AC/DC, Lizzy and Black Stone Cherry, the records hits you right in the chops with the muscular Born Trucker and We Will Conquer All. Let’s Just Ride is so insistently catchy you’ll want to rewind and OD on its melodic drift.

Guitarists Tom Harte and Simon Haddock have an understanding of what Lizzy, Aerosmith and Wishbone Ash achieved; Hart’s vocals are also convincingly powerful. The band are at their best on epic closing track When The Waters Rise – a joyous amalgam of beautifully balanced passion and depth. High grade quality all round.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.