Release Date: February 20, 2007
Reviewed by Andy Seabright
Hailing from Elizabethton, Tennessee, The Showdown dropped their sophmore album, Temptation Come My Way, on all of us. Sure The Showdown rocks, incorporating not only the overplayed sound that we hear oh so much on the radio from bands like Evans Blue, Three Days Grace, or whoever else is getting their 15 minutes, but a twist of classic 80s style rock, Def Leppard style, and brought it to the present.
It’s good, but at the same time it becomes dreary real quick. Sure there’s tons and tons of heavy riffage, however that can only take you so far. Songs like “Six Feet Under” and “Breath of the Swamp” are like fist pumping anthems while tunes like “Death Finds Us Breathing” offers powerful lyrical delivery. Even a cover of Kansas’ rock classic “Carry On Wayward Son” appears on this album.
It’s fun here and there, but for the most part it’s two tiring rock genres blended into one sorrowfully making Temptation Come My Way something you want to download or borrow from a friend first if you really want to check it out. Though be sure to check them out at Ozzfest this year.