Artist: Bangalore Choir
'Cadence' is one of
the most anticipated releases this year, after the re-working of the
bands 'On Target' album earlier this year, we were given a taste of what
was to come from this new album. 'On Target' in its original form was one
of the albums of the Melodic and Hard Rock genres when it was released,
but Reece wasn’t happy with album and thought it was over produced,
something that became a trait of many albums of the time, so the album
was completely re-recorded and in my opinion was a better for it.
Now to the new
album, with Reece we see the return of Curt Mitchel
on guitars and Danny Greenberg on bass with Hans i’nt Zandt on drums
and Andy Susemihl, who not only handled guitars and but also
production duties. The resulting album is one that’s gonna rock the
Hard Rock world because The Choir are back and they aint no Sister Act.
The album is
called ‘Cadence’ which means tempo, pace, rhythm and beat something
that the album has in spades, which is instantly recognised after the
intro ‘Wahzoo City’, with the proper opener being ‘Power Trippin’, a
real punchy hard rock track with Reece delivering the goods from the off,
while the guitars of Mitchell and Susemihl go for the jugular from the
first chords. A great opener that once again shows why the band were
such great favourites the first time round, this isn’t a band dwelling on
the past this is a band taking the best of its roots and taking it
forward and keeping it fresh.
This is never more
so than on the excellent ‘Martyr’, classic Reece but with an edge
that wasn’t there on the first pressing of 'On Target' but was there in
bucketfuls on the new version.
album continues to impress with ‘Living Your Dreams Everyday’, a more
gentle rocker but still a stunner with Mitchell and Susemihl producing the goods on the guitars once
again. I haven’t mentioned the
rhythm section yet, so this one gives me a chance to say what a solid
foundation i’nt Zandt and Greenberg are, they bring something special
to proceedings time after time on this album.
One of my
favourite tracks off the album has to be ‘Survival Of The Fittest’,
again a hard rock guitarists wet dream, big licks bountiful, but it's
Reece’s vocals that really shine on this one. This one shows what
Accept saw in him, he really has the range to mix it with the big boys in the
rock world for sure.
The band bring the
heat old school style with ‘Tomorrow’ and the excellent riff spewn
groove monster ‘Heart Attack & Vine’, before bringing it down a
notch or two with ballad ‘We Still Have A Song To Sing’, which could
easily be adopted as the anthem for the bands and fans of the Melodic
and Hard Rock genre.
Still in the
somewhat gentler Hard Rock vibe the album continues with the superb
‘Dig Deep’, before rocking it up a bit more with ‘Never Say
Goodbye’, again Reece is at the top of his game on this one.
The album keeps
impressing the hell out of me with great melodic moments like ‘Sweet
Temptation’ and the up-tempo moments like ‘High On The Clouds’ and
another favourite of mine, ‘Spirits Too They Bleed’.
The album closes on a high with the guitar fuelled rocker ‘Surrender All Your Love’, which wraps up a great return for the band and is an album worthy of the Bangalore Choir name. It has been a long time coming but believe me the wait was well worth it.
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