The Throbs where a band from new York that played a very sleazy form of hard rock/hair metal with a touch of punk rock and blues and this is a review of their 1991 album "The ALnguage Of thieves And Vagabonds" which was released by DGR.
Exotic sounding scales and acoustic guitars start off the album before getting more distorted and the music starts going for a more harder direction along with some melodic vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile melodic guitar solos and leads become a huge part of the bands musical style.
There is a good mixture of clean and hard parts throughout the album and the later tracks see the band adding blues and punk rock into their hair metal sound along with some psychedelic sounding organs being added onto the album at times and as the album progresses you can hear a bit of rockabilly and 50's rock'n'roll elements in their musical style.
Some of the later tracks show a slight symphonic element which was a very rare thing for this genre and on some of the alter tracks the acoustic guitar makes a return on some of the songs and the band also adds in a couple of ballads while the main focus remains on a more hard rock orientated sound.
The Throbs really stood out in their time while the music was rooted in the hair metal genre the b and focused more on an old rock sound and the band broke up and where dropped shortly after this album came out and have been forgotten all these years, the production sound s very professional and the lyrics cover everyday themes.
In my opinion The Throbs where a very great sounding mixture of sleaze rock, blues, punk and hair metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Underground" "It's Not the End Of The World" "Ocen Of Love" and "Strange Behaviour". 8 out of 10.