Single Review of Asphalt Valentine: “Saving”
“Saving” is the latest single from Asphalt Valentine‘s 2020 album Twisted Road, the most recent album from this Athens, GA-based quintet of hard rockers. This song is a power ballad from what is very clearly a high-octane, heavy-leaning melodic hard rock outfit.
If I had to use a single well-known band comparison to describe “Saving,” it sounds the most like a Warrant song. But there’s a lot more there. A hint of Firehouse, some Slaughter, and though I wouldn’t compare the sound, there’s a familiar Skid Row-like cadence in places. Plus a unique Asphalt Valentine approach that makes the song uniquely theirs. Based in howling guitars with nifty fretwork from guitarists Evan McKee (lead) and Brett Ciaramella, a driving but finesse-filled rhythm section of Scott Clark (bass) and Brian Jung (drums), and a heart-on-his-sleeve, high-end rock vocal delivery from Joe Flynt, Asphalt Valentine’s sound harkens back to melodic hard rock’s heyday, while the band puts its own original spin on the sound.
Simply put, this is a fun rock ballad from a talented five-piece, arena-worthy, big-stage rock band. And if you like any of the bands I mentioned – or even anyone they might share a stage with – you owe it to yourself to check out Asphalt Valentine… and, of course, give this song a listen.
You can find upcoming live shows on Asphalt Valentine’s website (scroll down a little) or the “Events” tab of its Facebook page. There is a single live date listed on both: this weekend, Saturday, March 6th at 37 Main in Avondale Estates, GA, performing with Shotgun Superstars and Say Never.