their debut album ‘Take Your Chance’, Swiss Hard Rockers Skansis are
back and are bringing more of their precision hard rock to the masses
with their stunning new release ‘Leaving You’
Reist leads the way once again on vocals, with Daniel Joss on acoustic
guitars, Pfister Menz on bass, Matthias Haggmann on drums and Beat
Heiniger on guitars. The band deliver twelve great rock tunes that get
off to a solid start, starting with ‘Next to Mine’, a real top notch
rocker that ticks along like a Swiss timepiece, never missing a
beat. It's clear that the band aren’t messing about with this
album as the sheer quality is here in spades.
quality tunes continue with the title track ‘Leaving You’, again a
no nonsense hard rocker of the highest calibre. Skansis will
obviously be compared to fellow Swiss rockers Gotthard, but to be honest
that’s not a bad thing because I’m sure the Gotthard fans will take
these guys to their hearts in a big way.
album continues to impress with ‘Never Walk Alone’ and the stunning
‘I Don’t Believe’, the latter being one of my tracks of the
album. This song features a rich mix of heavy grooved bass and
fine rock guitar, all topped by Reist’s excellent raspy hard rock
vocals. The band bring a little more heat to the proceeding with
the ballsy ‘I Want You’, featuring fiery licks which run throughout
this big brashy rocker. A real tour de force. A little
heavier than the previous track but it shows the band aren’t a one
trick pony they do have variety and that for me is what I want for a
show their versatility they do bring it down a touch with another
favourite of mine in the melodic hard rock of ‘Coming Out Ahead’,
before bringing it back up with another great rocker ‘Rock All
Night’. Next it's time for the customary ballad ‘Carry On Better’, on
which Reist really shines vocally. A real slow burner that shows
the versatility that I was speaking of, this is one that will reach out
and touch even the hardest of hearts.
same melodic vibe is carried on through the more up tempo ‘Hear Now’,
before bringing it back down again with ‘Just Another Day’, just
before the album closes with two excellent mid tempo rockers, first it's
‘Back From Way’ and then the seminal multifaceted ‘Anything’.
Both of which close off what is quite simply a stunning release from a band bound for
1. Next To Mine
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