Tracks such as “Hit me up” and “Lead us to the slaughter”, with their strong guitars backing up lead singer George van der Spuy’s raspy vocals, also prove that the band’s sound has evolved without losing too much of its original charm. Another track to take note of is “Black soul,” which boasts a gripping introductory guitar riff and is reminiscent of one of the band’s 2009 hits, “Devil ‘n pistol.”

“Beaten by the gun” is the album’s first single. It moves from a slow verse into a trademark Taxi Violence chorus, and the music video shows the band performing the song in studio and later cuts to snippets of their performance at this year’s Oppikoppi festival.

“Lazy day” is a slow, relaxed song, as the title suggests, yet Taxi Violence’s distinctive gruff guitar accompaniment is still incorporated to make it an effortless blend of a stretch-your-legs, recline-on-the-grass song and a beat-driven rock track. One of the last songs on the album, “Into the desert,” is a haunting instrumental track. So lingering is this song that when it fades out, you almost wish it won’t end.

The album’s final song “Stuck in a rut” is a gentle track with a soft piano intro and acts as an excellent closer for the album. It plays like a slow version of their 2011 single, “Long way from home.”

Overall, Tenfold is a landmark album, not only because it commemorates the band’s tenth anniversary, but also because it shows Taxi Violence’s growth as a group. Judging by the exceptional quality of the music on this album, it is plain to see that Taxi Violence’s ten-year journey was definitely worthwhile.

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