• Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Hollywood Scars – Debut EP from the Alex Grossi and James Durbin project!

Maps to the Hollywood Scars is a new project combining the talents of Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, and former American Idol finalist James Durbin. Volume One is the debut EP from the twosome.

Wow. Two musical minds from two different worlds. As soon as I learned about this project, I knew I would have no idea what to expect. You have a guitarist from a legendary raunchy, sleazy band, and a vocalist who rose to popularity on one of television’s most famous talent showcases. That said, this fan is open-minded and will listen to anything at least once.



Despite not knowing what to expect from this release, and even having some serious initial doubts and skepticism, I can honestly say that the end result is pretty damn satisfying. It is definitely not the overly produced pop someone would expect from an American Idol contestant, nor is it something along the lines of what one would expect from a Quiet Riot member. Instead, we get something that is sort of a happy medium, in the best of ways. Grossi serves up some great riffs, and Durbin’s vocals help the recordings to stand out all the more. It is not a release that will alienate fans of Grossi’s other projects, which is a major plus, and it won this fan over despite earlier reservations. There are more straightforward rock tracks, and more melodic cuts that borderline on the ballad side of things. This is radio friendly rock/pop, but it is in no way the overproduced junk that has polluted the airwaves for years.

Maps to the Hollywood Scars have given us a release well worth listening to in the form of their debut EP. You likely do not know what to expect coming in here, just as it was for me. But give it a chance, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. Strongly recommended!





By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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