Speed Stroke
Scene of the Crime

Label: Street Symphonies Music/Burning Minds Music Group
Three similar bands: Backyard Babies/Gotthard/Def Leppard

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Heartbeat
2. Scene Of The Crime
3. After Dark
4. Soul Punx
5. No Love
6. Red Eyes
7. Out Of Money
8. Who Fkd Who
9. One Last Day
10. Hero No.1

Jack - vocals
D.B. - lead guitar
Michael - rhythm guitar
Fungo - bass
Andrew - drums

Speed Stroke (2013)
Fury (2016)

John Dallas, Niko & Titta Morganti - backing vocals
Michael Crimson - piano & keys (tr. 5)

Recorded at Boat Studio, mixed by Marco Paradisi and D.B.
Track 2 & 4 recorded & mixed at 33Hz Studio by Francesco Altare
Mastered by Giovanni Versari at La Maestà Studio
Produced by Speed Stroke
Cover art by SoloMacello

Released 2020-11-06
Reviewed 2020-11-18

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Speed Stroke, is that getting a stroke while driving at speed. Scene of the Crime is their third album, it is an Italian band that is claimed to be of high energy and high octane. Also with passion and excitement and such things, they mention many bands of the sleaze variety in the press material so the scene of their crime might be the sleaze scene. The cover has that kind of sleaze look, I don’t think that it is very attractive cover art and the logo isn’t too impressive either.

Sleazy rock, catchy choruses, attitude, everything you imagine from a sleaze album – but no added extras or surprises. Intense as sleaze albums usually are, the singer is rather good but doesn’t really stand out. We get more or less what to expect in terms of song content, there aren’t really any surprises. The playing time is short and to the point, and the sound is very good – modern but still true to form, it will be familiar to the fans of the genre and probably very strong stuff for the stage.

This is a good one, good album. The songs are good through the album, but it isn’t the most exciting album I have ever heard. It may appeal to fans of the genre, the songs are accessible and good, the energy is good, and it is an album that is pretty easy to like – but probably harder to love as it doesn’t have much standout material. The title track and Red Eyes are probably the highlight tracks, they are good tracks but perhaps none of them really stand out in comparison with the whole of the genre.

Scene of the Crime is a solid effort that stands up well and should appeal to fans of the genre, great piece of entertainment for a little while. But it is not a memorable album and it will probably not make too much on an impression on the world of music, it works, and it is enjoyable. I think it is an album that can be worth checking out, there is a good chance that you will like it.