Josh Todd & The Conflict – Year of the Tiger
2017, Century Media Records
- Year of the Tiger
- Fucked Up
- Good Enough
- The Conflict
- Story of My Life
- Erotic City
- Push It
- Rain [Clean Version]
Josh Todd – Lead Vocals
Stevie D. – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Greg Cash – Bass
Sean Winchester – Drums
Produced by Stevie D. & Erik Kretz
I was surprised and saddened to learn that Buckcherry suffered a change in membership earlier this year. Founding guitarist Keith Nelson and longtime drummer Xaiver Muriel left this past spring and tour dates were fulfilled with guitarist Kevin Roentgen and drummer Sean Winchester stepping in. This leaves singer Josh Todd as the only founding member left in the group and the only member to have played on Buckcherry’s first two releases.
While all of that was going on, Josh Todd and Buckcherry guitarist Stevie D. decided to a side project called Josh Todd & The Conflict. Last year, Josh & Stevie formed two-man electronic/rap group called Spraygun War and released a terrible EP called Into the Blackness.
There’s a lot of talk from the members of this new effort in the press about wanting to take risks and enjoying the passion and camaraderie all the members share. I guess it’s pretty easy to read between the lines and determine what was (and wasn’t) going on in Buckcherry that caused two members to split. Todd specifically mentions having wanted to start a new band for awhile (while emphasizing Buckcherry is NOT dead) to do something different musically and in order to keep busy.
There’s not a whole lot here that would make you think of Buckcherry except for Josh Todd’s unmistakable vocals. Buckcherry was grounded in classic rock and the sound of bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. This album is a bit heavier, a bit louder, a bit punkier, and a bit more modern than Buckcherry.
Sadly, there isn’t too much here that sticks out. Every Buckcherry is good for a number of tunes that get stuck in my head but that really isn’t the case here on Year of the Tiger. The majority of the album is fairly generic modern-sounding hard rock/metal that doesn’t move me at all. Stuff like the very modern rock/metal of “Inside”, the anthemic “Story of My Life”, and the bluesy mid-tempo fuzz rock of “Rain” sound too much like a conscious attempts at being trendy or commercial, which isn’t a bad thing, except for the fact that I don’t find the songs to be appealing whatsoever.
Year of the Tiger isn’t awful, and I wasn’t expecting much from it given Todd’s previous work outside of Buckcherry, but it’s still a dud for me. Still, I anxiously await to see what Buckcherry can come up with another major shift in band members.
Highlights: “Good Enough”, “Erotic City”