Rhino Bucket (Reprise) 1990
1. "One Night Stand"
Rhino Bucket's self titled debut album is full of simple, boogie 'n' blues based hard rock. Rhino Bucket are one of the many, many bands that were inspired by AC/DC. At times the similarities to AC/DC are uncanny. However, Rhino Bucket also have subtle differences that distinguish them. The biggest link to AC/DC is the vocals. Vocalist Georg Dolivo has a snarl that is similar to the late, great Bon Scott, but his tone is quite different. Overall, I don't find them to be any more a clone than Dirty Looks, Krokus, Dangerous Toys, etc. Rhino Bucket just play good time rock and roll with plenty of attitude and a whole lot of hook.
Rhino Bucket - Pain (Moonstone) 1994
1. "Pain" (4:34)
Solid hard rock with a big AC/DC influence. This being the first Rhino Bucket CD I've heard, I can most certainly hear why people label them as an AC/DC clone, but at the same time, "Pain" seems a bit darker and more moody than AC/DC. So, rather than give them the "clone" label, I would say they wear their influences on their sleeve. However, with Simon Wright, an ex-AC/DC member, on drums my point may be mute. (Wright has also been a member of Dio) Regardless, "Pain" is chock full of heavy, boogie rockers and is a good, heavy, rock 'n' roll album. Georg Dolivo has a gravely, Bon Scott-like howl that works well. "Pain", "Mad Maggie", "Bird On A Wire" and "Hard Grind" are all standout cuts. "Mad Maggie" even has some slide guitar that reminded me of "Rocks'-era Aerosmith. Fans of bands like Broken Teeth, Dirty Looks, Kix, and of course AC/DC, should find something to like here.