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Wired For Power, a POWERFUL new release from Jacksonville natives, 100 WATT Viper!

This seven song album, released on April 30, 2024, is a great follow-up to the band's previous work, keeping in similar tone with other releases. 100 Watt Viper is a two piece Heavy Garage/Blues outfit based in Jacksonville, Florida, forming in early 2013 and releasing their debut album, ‘Something Wicked Comes This Way’ the following year in June. Since then they have released several other singles and albums, each one with its own signature flavor that you can only get from this type of music!

Getting into the album, it kicks off with the first track, Living Free. Right away getting into this band I’m reminded of similar artists such as Stone Machine, King Mud, 20 Watt Tombstone and Hogjaw. With a slow start and mellow tone, this song makes for easy listening wherever you are. The slow tones and subtle riffs give the perfect taste of southern Florida rock. The song's lyrics also speak to the feeling of wanting to “Live Free” cutting right to the chase of the song title!

The second track, Hell Hounds, keeps with the same slow starting pace, allowing the listener to ease into the song, following it as it slowly picks up pace and introduces sweet guitar riffs that match the cadence of the drums perfectly. I think the best way to describe it would be like a slow burn, savory and satisfying. This song focuses a bit less on vocals and lyrics, instead opting to lean more towards the instrumental elements.

The third track, The Eagle Flys Free, circles back to the theme of the first track, doubling down on the band's feeling of freedom. Another slow start, which is a common theme for their work, introduces the listeners to the story of the free flying eagle, painting a nice picture of a beautiful and majestic eagle soaring through the sky, unburdened and uninhibited by our common man struggles, enjoying the wind and soaring through the mountains. This song is one of my favorites from the album, I just find that the story told is simple and easy to picture, and also represents a basic want of all people: freedom.

Kings and Queens of the Streets takes the fourth spot on this album, introducing a nice change in pace of the melody and it begins a bit quicker than the others. The signature vocals, accompanied by the slow riffs and drums, are easy to get lost in. This is one of those songs that I would love to be able to see live. Very reminiscent of older southern rock with grunge inspired elements sprinkled in.

The fifth track, Holy Road, comes in as smoothly as the rest! With a theme of togetherness, there’s no better way to describe this track than good old down home southern jam. Again opting to focus more heavily on instrumental and melody tracks than vocals, the band really hits a sweet spot with this song, getting into a great groove that you could easily see fitting in at any southern swamp venue on a weekend night. At just over four minutes long, this song actually seems to go by much quicker than one would expect, making you want to repeat it a few times to really soak it all in.

Finally getting into the title track, Wired for Power takes the sixth spot on the album, nearly bringing the album to a close. I can see why the band picked this one for the title track for the album. I think for anyone unfamiliar with this unique genre, this would be a great song to play for them to introduce them to the slower side of southern groove rock. A very relaxed feeling, you just get the sense that the band poured a lot of time and effort into this one, and it shows!

Last but not least, the seventh track, Sword Hits the Stone. I have to admit, this one may just be my favorite off the whole album. It feels a bit different than the rest, with a bit of raised vocals taking the forefront between sweet riffs. This is one to just sit and bop your head to, soaking in the melody and appreciating the genre for what it is, something relaxing and easy to put on after a long day. The tempo changes halfway through the song, before returning to the slower riffs and accompanying drums and other elements. I think it's a great way to close out this album.

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