Right to Rise
Razor and Tie
Release Date: June 29, 2015
Detroit rockers Wilson are back with the followup to their head turning Full Blast F*ckery! Right to Rise continues the Rock and Roll party by offering some groovy riffs that land somewhere between White Zombie, Toadies, and Black Label Society.
There is a lot of good Rock and Roll out there these days so if you are into bands like Rival Sons, Fuel, Scorpion Child, or Archer, then you’ll find plenty to love here. With that said, Right to Rise takes a ballsier approach to the sound with huge guitars, full sounding rhythms, and a vocalist that can do more than wail. Everything just seems “thicker” on this album than Wilson’s contemporaries, which gives it a wider audience as it fits right in with aforementioned bands as easily as it does with the new schoolers.
There really isn’t a bad song here so what you take from this is going to be based on personal preference. “Guilty (You’re Already Dead)” is a definite highlight for me. It’s a big summer anthem laced with a snarly sound that’s got a slight White Zombie bounce combined with the pissy attitude of Motorhead’s best work. “Satisfy Me” is another favorite that starts out as a riff monster but evolves into a big anthem rocker and by the end of the song the band are just nailing it (I wasn’t sure this sound was possible in the digital age as a matter of fact). It’s not too often that I wish a song was LONGER but I could handle a lot more of this one. “Waiting for the World to Cave In” and “Right To Rise” are both fist pumpers as well that get the adrenaline going without resorting to cheesy lyrics or name dropping. It’s pure Rock and Roll my friends! Wilson aren’t reinventing the wheel, they are making a better one.
As someone who has spent a fair amount of time in and around Detroit over the last decade, I’d dare to say that Right to Rise is the sound of their city …a soundtrack for the underdog. This is an excellent album that will appeal to Rock and Roll Revivalists of every generation.
Reviewed by Mark Fisher