Title: PulseLabel: AOR Heaven
the New Year comes the third album from one of the finest
British Melodic Hard Rock bands of recent years, I’m
talking about Midland rockers the Blood Red Saints.
band take up where the excellent 'Love Hate Conspiracies' left
off with this new opus 'Pulse'.
again the vocal might of Pete Godfrey leads the charge along
with the Lee Revill, Neil Hibbs and Andy Chemney, who
together push the
boundaries of British Hard Rock. This is an album that is a mighty as
it is melodic, bringing that Brit edge that we know and love
to the forefront once more.
album gets underway with 'Believer', now this is how to open
an album. This song just oozes class. Godfrey has one hell of vocal
presence and this album just brings out the best in his
vocals, along with the twin guitars, all making this is a pure
bred hard rock release.
band delve into their heavier side with the fantastic
'Animals', which is a meaty, grinding rocker that is just
pure ear-candy. It has touches of the classic 80’s tones, but
with a lot more edge. If Gillette produced edges like these
you’d never buy a razor again, against fear of cutting
up it's 'Cross To Bear' with its orchestral backings all
this a towering, almost cinematic epic. That epic feeling is
continued with the simply stunning 'Invincible’, which is one of
best tracks from the band, not just on this album, but
three composition’s. There is definitely magic between
Godfrey and Revil when it comes to the songwriting which has
just grown from album to album.
up it's ‘I’m Your Devil', a real stabbing modern slice
of Melodic Hard Rock. This is the sort of sound I’ve come to
expect from the Scandinavian bands in this genre, as they
drag this genre into the now.
back to the tradition Melodic Rock stylings with the ballad
'Crash Into Me'. This is where Godfrey brings his soulful
side to the mix, before the tempo is rocked up to ten once
more with the excellent title track 'Pulse'. This is
multifaceted rock at its very best. This song has more layers
than a Southerner in winter.
to God’ once again brings that epic hard rock feel back
with a bang, before the tempo is brought down once more with
another stunner in the slow burner 'Warrior'.
'What Have We Become' is a reflective look
as today’s world gone mad, before the album closes in
style with another great ballad 'Bring Me To Life’, which
closes another excellent album from the boys, who once again
show that British Melodic Hard Rock still has a part to play
into today’s ever changing music scene.
Stick this one on and let your 'Pulse' rise to the great rock n' roll that floods from your speakers and let the worries of today become tomorrows playthings.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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