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maandag 30 april 2018
W.E.T.: Earthrage



Release: 2018-03-23
Style: melodic hardrock
Label: www.frontiers.it
Website: -
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wetofficialpage
Country: Sweden
Playing Time: 43’46”
Cat. N°: FR CD 850
Review by: Guy
Translated by: Guy
Rating: 8,5/10


English:

W.E.T. is built around the talents of Robert Sall (Work Of Art), Erik Martenssson (Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman). This ‘Eartrage’ is their third album so far.

Opener ‘Watch The Fire’ made me think of early Foreigner, hard rocking melody with Jeff’s strong voice and backings vocals galore. After ‘Burn’, with some fine guitar soloing, comes ’Kings’, a sturdy track with a fine vocal delivery and chorus which fades out acoustically. Then we get a fine ballad in ‘Wasted’, followed by ‘Urgent’ with heavy riff, a vague Foreigner memory and great guitar work. After a long quiet intro, ‘Dangerous’ bursts out in heavy AOR/HR, then ‘Calling’ opens rather dark with alternating calm and sturdier patches plus great chorus and ditto solo. Piano gets the ballad ‘Heart’ going, further illuminated by some tranquil guitar. ‘Game’ is another fine song again, but it lacks something to be great. ‘Pain Of Love’ is a power ballad with minimalistic break, while ‘Dream’ closes the album sparkling in heavy AOR/HR style.

Without any doubt a great album, but some songs could use a little sparkle to make them memorable.


Nederlands:

W.E.T. is opgetrokken rond de talenten van Robert Sall (Work Of Art), Erik Martensson (Eclipse) en Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman). Deze ‘Earthrage’ is hun derde album.

Opener ‘Watch The Fire’ deed me denken aan vroege Foreigner, hard rockend en melodieus met Jeff’s krachtige stem en royale backing vocalen. Na ‘Burn’, met wat fijne sologitaar, volgt ‘Kings’, een stevige track met prima stem en refrein dat akoestisch uitdooft. Daarna krijgen we de prima ballad ‘Wasted’, gevolgd door ‘Urgent’, met heavy riff, een vage Foreigner herinnering en straffe gitaar. Na een lange rustige intro, barst ‘Dangerous’ uit in stevige AOR/HR, daarna opent ‘Calling’ eerder donker met afwisseling rustiger en steviger passages en prime refrein en dito solo. Piano trekt de ballad ‘Heart’ op gang, verder verlucht met bedaarde gitaar. ‘Game’ is weer een prima song, maar er ontbreekt iets om het top te maken. ‘Pain Of Love’ is een power ballad met minimalistische break, terwijl afsluiter ‘Dream’ in spetterende AOR/HR stijl afsluit.

Straf album zonder meer, maar sommige nummers hadden dat ietsje méér gemogen om ze te onthouden!


Tracklist:

Watch The Fire (5’05”)
Burn (4’17”)
Kings On Thunder Road (4’25”)
Elegantly Wasted (2’58”)
Urgent (3’44”)
Dangerous (3’14”)
Calling Out Your Name (4’02”)
Heart Is On The Line (4’28”)
I Don’t Wanna Play That Game (3’38”)
The Burning Pain of Love (4’04”)
The Never-Ending Retraceable Dream (3’51”)

Musicians:

Jeff Scott Soto – vocals
Erik Martensson – guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Magnus Henriksson - guitar
Robert Säll - keyboards
Robban Bäck – drums

Guest :
Thomas Larsson – guitar (on ‘Urgent’)




Geplaatst door Vera op maandag 30 april 2018 - 11:30:13
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