Review: AUG brings back hard rock on 'Be Careful What You Wish For...'

Posted Sep 24, 2014 by Andrew Ellis
The four members of AUG are have been pounding the pavement that of both the New York and New Jersey music scenes for years. It all paid off in 2011 when host of 'THAT METAL SHOW' on VH1 Classic asked them to be the band for the show's Christmas party.
They've done that past three years, and have recently gone on to expand their reach across the pond into the United Kingdom where they did a small tour in support of their new album, Be Careful What You Wish For....
The album's sound will take you back to the days of Black Sabbath and Guns N' Roses when the guitars were screaming, and when it seemed as though it took more than two minutes to write decent lyrics. It all starts with the title song which kicks off the record, and it's where you realize lead singer Russ Latamer's voice is strikingly similar to Axl Rose or Ozzy Osbourne.
The all-out rockiest continues throughout the entire album on songs such as "Little Green Fairy," "Light Of Day," and "The Devil's Rejects." Not only does Latamer's voice match the Guns N' Roses and Black Sabbath vibe the band is obviously going for, but the band itself is very well-tuned. It's not hard to tell that these guys are veterans, and why a TV host would choose them as a house band.
There only seems to be one slight letdown on the album that comes on the band's Toto cover, "Africa." At first listen, you'll probably get thrown by the new vocalist because his voice is drastically different from Latamer's. After a couple listens, however, it's apparent the the other new vocalist's voice just doesn't mesh well with the band's sound. It might fit better in some 90s alternative rock band, but it just doesn't mix well with AUG's sound.
A record like this just goes to show that not every immensely talented band is on the Billboard Charts. AUG is here to rock, and it's time to salute them.
You can listen to their current album here.