Artist: 21 Octayne  
   Title:  The Heart (Save Me)
   Label: Independent Release  

Who are 21 Octayne?  Well they are Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project) on vocals, Marco Wriedt (Axxis) on guitars, Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody) on drums and completing this very impressive line up Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer on bass.

So why sway away from my normal album reviews to review a single?  Well quite simply when something is this good and gives us a taste of the forthcoming album 'Into The Open', well this is something definitely worth shouting about!

So a brief history of the band in the summer of 2008 Marco and Alex first met when Axxis were looking for a new drummer.  The chemistry between the two was so strong during the three years Alex was in Axxis (he played on the band's Utopia album), that Alex sent Marco a message stating that they should form a band together some day, and so the first seeds of 21 Octayne were planted.

Now with Alex and Andrew being long time pals, the three first got together in 2010 and so the seeds started to sprout.  So the musicians had formed, but all that was needed was a vocalist and Andrew threw the name of Hagen into the mix, a phone call later and a jam of all four members and the sprout had become a full blown plant and the first fruit of the band is the single 'The Heart (Save Me)'.

The single is a catchy melodic slice of Hard Rock, with the band taking all their influences and experiences and producing a wonderful single that thunders on through courtesy of Landenburg and Lauer massive rhythm section, with Wriedt towering riffs building from the off, all capped by the wonderful vocals of Grohe.  If this is just a taste of the new album then I for one can't wait for its release.

'The Heart (Save Me)' has already had a major impact on the bands native Germany’s Amazon Hard Rock charts hitting it right between the eyes on the number one slot, which just goes to show you, it's not just us that think this song is something pretty special. 

The band have already announced support slots with Pink Cream 69 in January 2014 and quite frankly, if this single is anything to go by, then the world will very soon be their oyster.   Be sure to check this band out either on Facebook ( ) or via their official website (

The single is available via now Amazon and iTunes.

Review by: Barry McMinn 


1. The Heart (Save Me)






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