RiFF Magazine Review

Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery

by Max Heilman

Dan Russell, “Before The Guns” — In the end, rock musicians are often the sum of their primal energy and instinctive groove. Dan Russell has brought both elements in spades with his new track “Before The Guns,” bringing propulsive rhythm and incredible intensity within a familiar hard rock template. Complete with a thoughtful social message delivered through Russell’s lackadaisical baritone, it’s encouraging to see a seasoned veteran of no-nonsense rock succeed in bringing interesting ideas to the table both in lyrics and in instrumentals. The results don’t reinvent the wheel, but Russell has been in the scene long enough to know that a tried-and-true approach works wonders if done well enough. As exemplified by this song, he hasn’t lost a beat. VIEW THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE!