Crooked X really didn’t have to go through a “paying dues” stage to get where they are. They took a chance and sent a demo tape to a talent competition organized by CBS’s “Early Show,” and there’s been no looking back since.

The band was quickly signed and sent to Sweden where they opened for Kiss with 35,000 people in attendance. All this happened over the course of nine months!

It shows you how hungry fans are for good old hard rock because that’s what Crooked X plays: no frills, kick-ass rock and roll. And they’ve learned from the masters; you can easily hear the influences from song to song: Aerosmith, Metallica, White Zombie, Alice in Chains. Nothing new, but it sure feels good!

Grade: B

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