Album Review ~ Ginger Red ~ ‘Donuts & Coffee’

German hard rockers, Ginger Red have released their new album, Donuts and Coffee (El Puerto) and the album is quite frankly as enjoyable as donuts and coffee. The album is jam packed with high energy and in your face rock and roll attitude.

The album opens up big with the “Come Close.” The guitar riffs are fierce and furious and the rhythm section is on point and right along for the ride. When the vocals come in, the track fully evolves and punches you in the proverbial teeth. Vocalist Dany Rad has a voice that was made for rock and roll. I am reminded of artists like Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Lzzy Hale as I listen further.

Next track is “Idolmaker” and there is certainly no signs of slowing down. The track rocks extremely hard while still having a whole lot of swag. The chorus is even bigger, better, and more infectious. Guitarists Tom Wiese and Jorg Bracht really bring the heat with their incredible leads and riffs.

The title track is an excellent mid-tempo that gives the listener a chance to catch their breath and really enjoy the versatile talents of the band.

“Deep Silence” brings the heavy back, leaning towards a darker feel. This song is the perfect platform to showcase the wonderful voice of Dany (Rad).

“Loving My Chains” pushes that pedal down to the metal and gets things cranking once more. This reviewer was definitely singing along and pumping my fists to this one. The solo is very air guitar worthy and has made this my personal pick for best track on the album.

“Twelve Lonely Steps” lays heavy on that double bass drum action and has a very aggressive tone that borderlines on punk. Without question, this is the heaviest track on the album. I think you guys will really dig it.

“The Edge of Time” opens up with an epic keyboard intro before transforming into a mini shred fest.

“Get Down” brings the album to a close. The track opens with a thundering drum performance which leads the way for the dual guitar attack and those powerful vocals. All of the best elements of each member meld together perfectly to send this album off into the sunset, unless you have it programmed to repeat.

According to the band’s press release, the band would classify themselves, as “Nostylisch”! (fusion of the terms nostalgic and stylish). I will say that the album is as timeless as the title suggests. The songs are very catchy, the riffs are outrageous, and the choruses will be stuck in your brain immediately after your first listen. Donuts and Coffee is about as solid as they come, so if you are looking for something new to abuse your speakers with, then grab yourself a copy of this album! Rating: 8/10 Stars.

By Contributing Writer for I’m Music Magazine Jason “Supes” Mesa

Purchase your copy of Donuts and Coffee HERE


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