Album Review: Junkyard - Old Habits Die Hard
Old Habits Die Hard
1992 was a weird year for rock music. Pearl Jam released Ten and Nirvana released Nevermind only a year prior, and in the middle of the mainstream landscape changing over to grunge, 1992 saw Bon Jovi give us Keep The Faith and Def Leppard offer Adrenalize. Somewhere in the middle of this musical tug of war while still riding high on their monumental sophomore release, Sixes, Sevens and Nines, LA Rock band Junkyard stepped into the studio to record what might have become their 3rd album. Now, after compiling the best of those recordings (taken from their previous releases Joker and XXX), we get Old Habits Die Hard – a body of work that shows us what their third album may have sounded like. Though the band was classified with the “hair metal” acts of the day, that’s such a disservice to what they truly are – a bluesy, Southern rock influenced band with big guitars! Their rocking riffs immediately suck you into “Pushed You Too Far” and get you moving along with the groove as your transported back in time to when rock music walked a little more on the sleazy, grittier side. However, as much as the guitar work is the centerpiece to driving this collection of songs, Junkyard refuses to stay complacent in one place or another. “Out Cold” gives you a pure Southern rock vibe, their blues influences shine on the slower paced “Tried & True” and the swampier “Blue Sin,” the guitars hit a punkier thrash on “Staredown,” “Fall To Pieces” and “I Come Crawling,” while they balance against more of a Heartland rock type of sound on “Holdin’ On.” This juxtaposition between many different styles gives them the ability to hit on all cylinders and is the true beauty of Junkyard, and exactly what separates them from the other bands they were lumped into a category with. Though this snapshot into 1992 is certainly nostalgic, as the old saying goes, sometimes things need go away long enough for us to miss them and then come back around to remind us why they were so great to begin with.