Straight-up hard rock is up for review this week.
Alien will release Eternity on April 28. This an ’80s band who have had a resurgence thanks to festival appearances like Firefest. They got back together 2010, after a few abortive attempts at a comeback, with the original line-up no less. The music is very ’80s Scandinavian AOR and that is not such a bad thing at all. Oodles of catchy choruses and slick production make for quite the pleasant experience. How can you resist tracks like “Unbroken”? We can even forgive them for being on The Blob remake soundtrack.
Romantic Rebel are set to release Romantic Rebel next week, April 29. It is their debut album. They actually have come up with some quite unique and rather catchy songs. Think Van Halen-esque ’80s hard rock fronted by a woman with a slight modern mainstream rock vibe. KT Paige, lead singer, occasionally sounds a lot like Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame, circa Slave to the Grind. Not that any of this matters much when it is this good. “Bad for Me” is the type of track that should set this bunch on the path to stardom.
Three Lions just released Three Lions on April 22. If you are looking for some slick AOR rock, produced by a couple of veterans and a newbie, then this is it. This is anything but a power trio, but they still produce some cracking AOR. This has very much a Dare/Ten vibe, which is not surprising considering Vinny Burns and Greg Morgan are on hand. “Trouble in a Red Dress” really sums up this band and is quite the track. How about a Winery Dogs/Three Lions tour? What a cracking gig that would be for all of us.
Voodoo Six have released an EP called Lead Me On to get people riled up for their upcoming Sonisphere appearance this summer. As with most EPs, Lead Me On is a mixed bag made up of a new version of a track, a live one, an acoustic one, and unnecessary cover. The title track is quite the corker and shows that the band are moving from strength to strength. It is an edit of a track that originally appeared on their last studio album. The acoustic track “Take the Blame” really highlights how good the band are as musicians.
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