Title: Worlds ApartLabel: Perris Records
Avenue is the dreamchild of the multi-talented musician
Torben Enevoldsen, who with three great albums under Acacia
Avenue moniker, returns with another stunning slice of
Melodic Hard rock with the fourth album 'Worlds Apart'.
new album takes up where the critically acclaimed 'Early
off. Once again a melodic rock fans wet dream of an album,
with Enevoldsen handling guitar, bass, vocals and keyboards,
on drums we have Dennis Hansen, along with a veritable who's who
of guest vocalists Peter Sundell, Dagfinn Joensen, Torben
Lysholm, Nicklas Sonne and Michael Bastholm Dahl.
get off to a rocking start with ‘Stand Up and Shout’.
great opener that feature on vocals Michael Bastholm Dahl,
who really delivers the goods on this one and really sets
the ball rolling on what is a great album.
album continues in a more melodic rock vein with the title
track ‘Worlds Apart’. This time taking up the mic is
Peter Sundell of C.O.P. and Grand Illusion. This one airs
more towards the melodic rock side of things for which
Sundell is the perfect foil. Anyone who has heard C.O.P or
Grand Illusion's material will be more than familiar with
just what this guy is capable of.
all change on the vocal front once more as Section A’s
Nicklas Sonne brings back the more Hard Rock feel to
proceedings, with the main man Enevoldsen delivering a thumping bass
as well as bringing in some great soaring guitar work to this one.
multi-talented Enevoldsen shows his vocal prowess on ‘Fly
Away’. The warm tones really give this one an almost 80’s
AOR feel, but with that modern edge, before the tempo is
picked up big style on 'Mine All Mine’, as Enevoldsen shows
the rockier side to his vocals range to full effect, on what
is modern Melodic
Rock at it's very best.
hard rock comes back as full throttle we go with 'Straight To The
Heart'. This time it's Fate’s Dagfinn Joensen delivering the
vocal goods on this one. This is a ballsy dirty rocker that
will have you rocking in the aisles from the off.
returns to the mic for the keyboard infused
'Reaching Out'. Another pure-bred melody filled
rocker. Then it's time for one of my many favourite tracks off
the album, the riff laden Seeing is Believing'. Sonne
returns to bring that harder edged vocal to the mix. This is the sort
of Rock I grew up listening to and still love to hear.
riff driven rock.
brings a bluesy tone to the mix on ‘Don’t Chain My
Heart’, before the 80’s styled rocker 'Wait For Love’.
this was released back then, you would have heard it on the
soundtracks of the likes of ‘The Secret of My Success' and
excellent album closes as it opened, with a great slice of
Hard Rock in 'Chasing Starlight', with Joensen giving it the
beans on this one.
Today’s Melodic Rock is easy to pigeon-hole with that of its heyday, but today’s bands are 'Worlds Apart' from the bands of yesterday. They don’t have the budget those bands had thrown at them back then, but what the do have is the quality and this album is pure top quality of the highest order. Whatever style of Melodic Rock you’re into, this album will appeal to all. This one has is all and will definitely be among my albums of the year for 2018.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Up and Shout
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