Title: For The RecordLabel: Lions Pride Music
The Record' is the third album from British Hard rockers 7HY
the brainchild of ex-Shy drummer song-writer Alan Kelly
along with Shawn Pelata and takes up where last years
‘Stories We Tell' album left off.
The twinning of Kelly and Pelata has worked its magic once again as they bring forth their own brand of great melodic hard rock to the masses, with Kelly the man of many hats as he provides guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, backing vocals on the album, along with Pelata on lead vocals, with guest appearances by Danny Beardsley (lead guitars), Eliot Kelly (rhythm guitars) and Andrew Chick (additional rhythm guitars).
Anglo-American combo and guests has really pushed the bar
with this third album, which is a very diverse mix of hard and
melodic rock that makes for great listening.
get underway with ‘Never Say Goodbye’, a great example of
the 7HY sound we’ve become familiar with on the last two
albums. This is hooked filled Melodic Hard Rock, the sound
that made this genre what it is.
Rain’ carries on the same vein, but with crunchier edged
guitar sounds and a little more keyboards than its
predecessor, but where Kelly and the band have expanded the envelope of
the 7HY sound is on the likes of ‘Nothing Hurts Me’.
has just a touch of the epic about it and is just taste of
what’s to come.
back to the hard rocking with the no-nonsense rocker ‘Uprising’, before the first of
those really epic sounding
tracks off the album, the well titled ’Be Who We Want’.
The band aren’t sticking to formats with this album, this
is their album and they are doing what they want and mixing
things up is the 7HY way.
get epic, almost reaching Melodic Metal proportions with
the excellent ‘Can’t Let You Go’. This is Pelata at his
vocal best, as this one brings out the best in the man from
Richmond, Virginia and that same hard-hitting crunching vibe
is continued with lick laden ‘That Song’.
tempo is brought back down with the pure bred Melodic Rock
sounds of ‘Strangers Again’, with Pelata bringing an
John Barden edge to this one vocally.
time to funk things up with the excellent ‘We Can Be
Strong’. This groove filled rocker will have you rocking
along from beginning to end, before that classic Melodic
Rock sound is brought back in spades with the soaring
melodies of ‘I’m Gonna Love You’. This one has more
layers than you can count behind the soaring guitars and
keyboards, there is an almost U2’s Edge guitar riff
running through it, that just explodes to the forefront near the
end of the track.
back to the Hard Rocking once more with the storming
‘What Love Can Make Me Do’, before the album closes on
another epic note with the simply stunning ‘What Is the
World’. This is where the envelope is really pushed out,
this is a great way to close another great album and one
that will really put the name of 7HY on the
Melodic Rock map for sure.
And you can quote me on that, for the record.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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