Title: No Place For HeavenLabel: UDR GmbH
Place For Heaven' is the much-anticipated follow-up to the
bands 2011 album 'To Die For'. A lot has changed in
the Crimes of Passion camp since the last album, most
notable the bands moniker as Crimes of Passion has been
whittled down to C.O.P. UK. I guess so the Sheffield
sextet can’t be confused with the Pat Benatar tribute act
Crimes of Passion, but also on the personnel front, as
joining the band we have Andrew Mense on guitar, who joined
the band full time in 2014. The former roadie / driver
brings some rock n' roll swagger to the line up. Also
new to the line-up is Scott Jordan on bass and on keyboards
Circle II Circle member Henning ’Wanna’ Wanner.
These three new members join stalwart members Dale Radcliffe
on vocals, Kev Tonge on drums and Charles Staton on guitar.
to the new album. To be honest I’ve had samples of
the new album for some time now and have been dying to tell
the world just how good this new album is.
it opens up with the excellent 'The Core’, it's straight
up big riffing rock n' roll with the twin guitars of Mense
and Staton showing the pairs ability to drive a great rock
song. Speaking of driving, you can't
help but notice how Radcliffe has focused this album
on his more melodic vocal side. A strength that really
shines throughout the entire album, and what about the
engine of the band, Tonge’s powerhouse drumming and
Jordan’s huge bass lines. This opener really sets
out the bands stall for the rest of the album.
continues with the excellent Poodlesque ‘My
Blood’. Another storming battery of big bass lines
and massive drums, with the twin guitars really gelling well
with the atmospheric keyboards of Wanner, in what is a real
Melodic Metal monster.
tempo is brought down just a touch with the superb ‘Kiss
Of An Angel’, a great powerful yet melodic vocal from
Radcliffe drives this one. This is the man at his
powerful and emotive best, it back to big riffing melodic
metal with ‘Take It To The Grave’, another superb twin
guitar driven track. If there was a genre for Metal
Ballads, then this one would fit that category like a glove.
for me the true class of the album has to be the title track
‘No Place Like Heaven’, where again Radcliffe shows off
his powerful melodic side on this power balladesque slice of
ear-candy. This song also sees him duetting with
Cloudy Yang of Avantasia fame.
multi-faceted splendour of ‘Burn Hell’ is next.
This one mixes that melodic metal style with a touch of
classic hard rock, a real roller-coaster of a track that
really shows the bands versatility and highlights the twin
guitars really well.
tempo is brought back up in spades with the massive
‘Halo’, which is basically the band at its heavy metal
best. Radcliffe brings his big guns on this one,
backed by a powerhouse rhythm section. If you’re
familiar with the bands last album then you'll know they
have their heavier side and 'Halo' is the heaviest track so
far on the new album.
heavier side of things is continued with the excellent
‘Catch Me If You Can’, a track that has more edge than
the Gillette factory. A real up-tempo sing-along metal
extravaganza that I'm sure will go down a storm live.
tempo is brought down once again with another superb Melodic
Metal Ballad in ‘No Mans Land’, before one of my
favourite tracks off the album, the stonking ‘One In A
Million’, as the band go almost Symphonic Metal on this
one, with Wanner bringing that edge with some great
keyboards. That's all before the album closes in style
with the terrific ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, the true
ballad of the album and what a way to round off a great
I think producer Sasha Paeth has brought out the sound that we all knew Crimes of Passion had within them. This is without a doubt, the band's finest album to date.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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