JUNE 11th,2011  

Review by: Peter Ruttan

Duff Mckagan ex Gun’s n Roses and Velvet Revolver has taken the lead vocals with his project Duff Mckagan’s Loaded and his 3rd studio release titled "Sick". 

To start off the album is a good effort by Duff Mckagan and company playing a mixture of hard rock/metal with a couple of ballad’s thrown in for good measure. Loaded has a gritty sound that we’ve heard before but they do it well with songs like "I See Through You" and "Forgive Me". This is a nice change from the radio type metal that we’ve been subjected to in the last few years.

Some of the standouts on Sick are "Flatline", a punk and rock hybrid that i really enjoyed, "No Shame", which should hit the radio airwaves and the air guitar "Sleaze Factory" and "Blind Date Girl". Some of the songs, even the better ones, can tend to get a bit repetitive, but in this genre you're usually not looking for musical rocket science. Nevertheless I think these guys could easily take this sound a step further and write some more interesting material. Though the album is produced sounding rough around the edges, it still has some good songs far from the Guns n Roses or Velvet Revolver comparisons that might get thrown at them. There’s more influence audible from the likes of The Darkness or Stone Temple Pilots.

It's definitely a good American Rock album to have on driving in the car, but it's also energetic enough to just put on and rock out to. For the most part I have found Duff Mckagan’s Loaded Sick to be a solid first album that shows a band with talent, let's hope they keep it going forward.