Album Reviews: Supergroups The Dead Daisies and Saint Asonia

The Dead Daisies and Saint Asonia are two rock supergroups made up of former and on hiatus members of some of rock music's biggest bands. Both groups have new albums that were released July 31st.

The Dead Daisies & Saint Asonia album covers. Courtesy: Spitfire Music Pty. Ltd. (TDD) & RCA Records (SA).

The Dead Daisies are a musical collective supergroup which includes: guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, Thin Lizzy), lead singer John Corabi (Motley Crue, Ratt), keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses), bassist Marco Mendosa (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), drummer Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), and Australian guitarist David Lowy (Mink). The Dead Daisies began as an studio project collaboration started by singer  Jon Stevens (INXS, solo artist) and David Lowy in 2012 who recorded their first self-titled album in 2013 with an all-star lineup. The band evolved into its current lineup recording their second album Revolución in 2015 after touring as an opening act for for Kiss, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Bad Company, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Revolución showcases The Dead Daisies bluesy, good time, classic rock sound. Singer John Corabi's voice has a soulful grittiness which is perfectly suited for the band's style — which sounds more like Ian Gillian era Deep Purple than Guns N' Roses. The band's veteran musicians have created a sound all their own which is showcased on their first single "Midnight Moses" which highlights Corabi's swaggering vocals, Fortus and Lowy's tasteful bluesy guitars, Reed's rocking piano, and a Mendosa and Tichy's solid rhythm section. On second single "Mexico" Corabi sings, "We're gonna ride to Mexico / Start a new life do what we want" in a rock anthem destined to become the soundtrack for many misadventures south of the border.

Standout track "Get Up, Get Ready" has an infectious, funk-rock groove with a call to "leave your troubles at the door." On "With You and I" the lyrics contain anti-war messages and dueling guitar leads including a guitar "talk box" effect (an effect aslso used on Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart"). There's a lot of great songs to enjoy on The Dead Daisies' Revolución. Its great to hear a group of musical veterans largely known for their work with well established bands writing an album of powerful songs with an original group of their own.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Read Rock.About.com's exclusive interview with guitarist Richard Fortus of The Dead Daisies and Guns N' Roses here.

The Dead Daisies new album Revolución is out now. Buy it here on Amazon. Watch The Dead Daisies official "Midnight Moses" video (shot in Cuba) here. More »

Saint Asonia is new Canadian-American supergroup formed in 2015 by Adam Gontier (former Three Days Grace frontman/guitarist), Mike Mushok (Staind lead guitarist), Corey Lowery (former Dark New Day bassist), and Rich Beddoe (former Finger Eleven drummer). When asked about the supergroup title Gontier stated they were "...more like refugees that just hit it off creatively." The group sounds like a sum of their musical parts with the strongest link to Three Days Grace since Gontier's vocals helped define that band's sound. Gontier left Three Days Grace is 2013 and was replaced by former My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst.

Saint Asonia's self-titled debut album kicks off with the one-two punch of their first two singles - the hard charging rocker "Better Place" and the mid-tempo power chord packed "Blow Me Wide Open." Both songs showcase Saint Asonia's heavy riffs, solid grooves, and Gontier's unmistakable trademark vocals. The album was recorded in Chicago with famed hard rock producer Johnny K, who has produced albums by Staind, Finger Eleven, and Disturbed.  

Other standout tracks on Saint Anonia's album include their heaviest track "Let Me Live My Life," in which Gontier sings: "Let me live my life / I can go get my knife / Or I can pull out the one that you stuck in my back" to an antagonist. Guitarist Mike Mushok plays a scorching guitar solo on this and many songs on the album. Saint Asonia show their musical versatility with the ballads: "Waste My Time," "Trying To Catch Up With The World," and closing track "Leaving Minnesota." This album should satisfy fans of Three Days Grace, Staind, and Finger Eleven with Saint Asonia's unique blend of modern rock. Hopefully Saint Asonia will make many more albums to come.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Read Rock.About.com's exclusive interview with guitarist Mike Mushok of Saint Asonia and Staind here.

Saint Asonia's self-titled debut album is out now. Buy it here on Amazon. Watch Saint Asonia's official video for their single "Better Place" here.  More »