Extreme are back and better than ever in 2023 with their long awaited new album "SIX". It's been 15 years since the last album, 2008's Saudades de Rock. 2008 was a great year. It was a year that my show Cameron's Playhouse started, after all. Is the new Extreme album a continuation of the straight up gritty rock & roll formula we got from them 15 years ago, or is it something completely new and different?
SIX feels like an album that is and isn't an Extreme record. The band are going through a bold new direction here with still the same classic sound they are known for. Crazy guitar solos from Nuno Bettencourt, heavy bass from Pat Badger, powerful vocals from Gary Cherone and hard hitting drums from Kevin Figueiredo.
The album starts off with a stadium belting opener called Rise which sounds something straight off 1992's Pornograffitti. However you won't find any of the famous rap-rock vocals Extreme were once known for on this album. Gary is singing his absolute balls off, making the last album feel like it had just come out yesterday.
Rise features an absolutely crazy guitar solo from Nuno Bettencourt, who is known for his crazy solos. But this one is just absolute madness. Think of the Get The Funk Out solo but on steroids. What a great way to open the album!
Gary Cherone - Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt - Guitar
Pat Badger - Bass
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums