A.D.D. – Core

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Chicago-based A.D.D. has released their sophomore album Core out now on Pavement Entertainment. A.D.D. (short for Analog Digital Disorder) has been gaining a lot of attention in the Midwest, but will be internationally known if they keep the momentum. They have been described as the love-child of DORO and GODSMACK. Each member contributes lyrics and music, which is rare in many bands these days.

A.D.D. includes Matilda Moon (vocals), Dave Adams (guitar), Jeremy Sparta (guitar/vocals) and Jason Delismon (drums). The album was named Core as the current lineup has been through thick and thin since its launch in 2007. The ten track CD was mixed by Tadpole (DISTURBED, 3 DOORS DOWN, STAIND) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Trevor Sadler.

“I Regret” starts off with a dose of hard hitting riffs and vocals. It seems fitting this is the quartet’s first single and video because it pulled me in right away and will do the same for many others. “Not My Way” follows with the same conviction and drive. “Hear Me Now” is a song based on the Drew Peterson story in the perspective of the convicted killer’s second wife. It’s haunting and heavy at the same time.

The fourth track “Was My Life” is relatable to anyone listening because the lyrics pertain to all types of relationships. On the other hand, “Damn Thing” is the complete opposite. It has a vibe similar to “Call Me When You’re Sober” by  EVANESCENCE. The lyrics, “I don’t feel a damn thing, after the damn things I’ve been through” sums it up nicely. Next, “So The Pain” combines the feel of the previous two songs.

“Nightmare” picks up the pace. Although the song is just shy of three minutes, it provides a complete beginning, middle and end. “Nothing Left” continues to showcase the band’s musicianship. Moon, Adams, Sparta and Delismon can most likely complete each other’s sentences or thoughts.

“So Much” shows the softer side of A.D.D. and is the unsung hero on Core. I hope this tune gets some attention by radio broadcasters in the near future. The tenth and final track is a pretty darn good cover of “Black” by SEVENDUST.  

The album is a mix of modern hard rock with a touch of 80’s hair metal. If you like that combination, A.D.D. is worth checking out.

STANDOUT TRACKS: “I Regret”, “Hear Me Now”, “Was My Life”, “Damn Thing”, “So Much”

RATING: 8.5/10

-SHERRY THOMAS


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