Between machine gun precise riffs and Lemmy-esque growls, the “Volortone” is a well-oiled machine and it couldn’t be more on point with this gem.
Fasten your seatbelts and buckle your straight jackets because Caster Volor is back and they’re taking you to the Volor Asylum with “Ready or Not (Come On and Rock)”. As Caster himself asks as the door opens, “Are you ready?” It is the only warning you will receive before the audiovisual assault is fully underway and Caster Volor delivers in true modern fist-pumping fashion.
Musically, “Ready or Not” is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Caster Volor. Driving bass and pounding drums set the stage and pace for the Volor brothers’ wailing guitar solos and soaring vocals. Between machine gun precise riffs and Lemmy-esque growls, the “Volortone” is a well-oiled machine and it couldn’t be more on point with this gem.
One notable observation on the main guitar riff is that it bears a passing similarity to “Rock is Dead” by Marilyn Manson. I have to wonder if this was a subtle nudge due to the song basically saying exactly the opposite. Between references to the asylum, the video itself is glam metal gold: a light show to rival Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an over the top stage presence and persona, camera angels reminiscent of the heyday of Headbanger’s Ball music videos, all with flawless delivery. It truly feels like a live show. The video ends with the entire band being herded into a padded room in Volor Asylum. The multiple interpretations are definitely interesting, as it leaves the song’s meaning up for interpretation.
Is it meant to showcase how life on the road can feel absolutely insane? Are the larger than life “rock stars” really just a hallucination and the band being rounded up at the end is reality crashing down? This is part of the charm that is Caster Volor as there are always additional layers to peel. Regardless of what you take away from the song, it kicks major ass! \m/
Caster Volor are:
Caster Volor – Vocals, Lyrics, Stage Production
Steven Volor – Guitar, Mixing, Producer, Booking
Nick “The Rage” Chilson – Bass
Jorge “Snake” Navarrete – Drums