Title: On The OutsideLabel: Pride And Joy Music
first learned that drummer Pete Newdeck had a voice when he
appeared on Jay Palmar's ‘Circle of Fire’ album. Since
then Newdeck has decided to step from behind the drums and
front his own band Tainted Nation.
bands debut ‘F.E.A.R.' was released to critical acclaim in
2012, now in 2016, we see the much anticipated second release
‘On The Outside’. Newdeck is joined once again by Mark
Cross (drums), Pontus Egberg (bass), Ian Nash (guitars) and
Joel Peters (guitars), for another monstrous slice of modern
edged Heavy Metal.
album opens up in true Tainted Nation style with 'Live And
Die'. A song co-penned by Hammerfall’s Pontus Norgren.
heads-down metal attack, with Newdeck bringing his full vocal
might to this one, with Nash’s and Peters big riffing
guitars not far behind, while the rhythm section
of Egberg and Cross are the foundation for this modern
same modern edged metal is continued on the excellent
‘Defiance’, another rip snorting riff filled metal
delight that sways between full on metal and mellower
keyboard and vocals. A real step outside the box that really
metal delights just keep on coming at the full tilt with the
excellent ‘Fight’ and the rampaging ‘Barriers’, the
latter being quite apt title as the band have broken down
the barriers between the traditional Hard Rock and the more
Modern Metal sound and combined the two in one unique
album is about bringing Modern Metal to the masses as they
show off the melodic side with ‘On The Outside’, with
Vega’s Nick Workman supplying the backing vocals to this
next is something quite special, as Newdeck and the band put
a heavy spin on one of my favourite all time songs, as they
take Billy Squier’s ‘The Stroke’ and completely rework
it, with big chunky riffs courtesy of Nash and Peters and
Newdeck’s powerful vocals. If you’re going to do a cover,
then make it your own and Tainted Nation have certainly done
that with this one.
back to the original tunes with the storming ‘Ordinary
Life’ and the equally impressive slab of lick laden metal
with ‘Karma’, another song co-penned by Norgren.
band really go bring the heat with one of my favourite
tracks off the album ‘Going To Hell’, this the sort of
stuff Ozzy should be doing with Gus G, big riffing modern
'About a Boy' is another punchy modern rocker that leads nicely into the excellent ‘Pull Me Under’, which sees Newdeck duetting with Issa. A mix that works really well. There is a twist in the tail of the album with the multi-layered ‘Welcome To War’, before the album closer and the most melodic track of the album ‘Back To Earth’, which closes a quite stunning second album from the band. The band have expanded the Modern Hard Rock/Metal envelope with this new album which continues where ‘F.E.A.R. left off.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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