Calabrese is a rock trio (of brothers) from Phoenix, AZ and they have been a band since 2003. They have performed at numerous venues, clubs, and festivals around the world and have a huge fan base. Their sound has been described as a mix between The Misfits, The Ramones, and Black Flag. They released their 5th full-length studio album, “Born With A Scorpion's Touch,” on October 1, 2013. They are an extremely talented band that has a lot to offer and a lot to back what they claim.
I read about Calabrese and I was a bit curious to see what they were all about, but was blown away when I heard “Born With A Scorpion's Touch.” Every piece of the album was strategic and fit perfectly together. These guys know how to rock and rocking hard is what they do best. The instrumentals were up-tempo and hard hitting enough to make you feel like you’re in a mosh pit. The vocals and the lyrics were catchy and meshed well with each song. Lastly, I loved hot they varied their rock styles across the whole album, from punk rock to metal to pure rock n’ roll, which such and finesse without skipping a beat.
My favorite songs were “Danger” and Loner at Heart” because they stood out and were the most memorable in an album full of great songs. I always expect a lot of feelings and raw energy in a rock album, but Calabrese ups the ante and adds so much raw emotion into the album as well. I have not heard a more well-rounded album than “Born With A Scorpion's Touch” in years and am overly impressed with the album. With this album, they made a fan out of me and I cannot wait to see what they release next. For those reasons, I am giving this album an “A.”