it comes to believing in your product, you don’t have to look any
further than 21Octayne’s 'Into The Open', an album that was toted
around various cities around the world at various listening parties,
with the ultimate goal of the band to secure a label deal, the result of
which is Germany’s AFM Records bringing 'Into The Open' to the masses.
band of Marco Wriedt (guitars), Alex Landenburg (drums), Andrew Lauer
(bass), and last but by no means least Hagen Grohe (vocals), have put
together a monster of a Modern Rock band and a monster of a debut album
band members may have a more traditional Metal background, but 21Octayne
is far from being a traditional metal band, as they have put together a
multifaceted album that will appeal to so many different rock fans, that
this is one of those rare albums that defies being pigeonholed and as a
result, is like breath of fresh air to the rock world.
album opens up with ‘She’s Killing Me’ and from the off, you are
instantly thrown a curve ball. The hard edged guitars of Wreidt
hit you with a real punch, while the powerhouse rhythm section hits you
in the mid section with such force, you're thrown back, but it's only
when Grohe’s vocals kick in that you begin to fully realise that this
is going to be one special album. The mix of classic and modern
Hard Rock is abundant and the sing-a-long chorus is an instant winner, a
real barnstorming opener that leaves the listener hungry to hear more.
more you get as the humble intro telephone call leads into a massive
thumping slice of hard hitting rock. Wriedt again punches out the
big licks, aided and abetted by the big rhythm section, but again it's
Grohe’s mellow tones in-between the hard hitting, which have a certain
Alice In Chain’s element about them.
album keeps producing the goods with the excellent ‘Turn The World’,
a true rock anthem in every sense of the word. A towering slice of
pure melody filled rock, before things get down and funky with
‘Don’t Turn Away’, as Lauer unleashes some of the biggest bass
lines on the album. Another modern rocker at its finest.
of my favourite tracks off the album has to be ‘My Teddy Bear’.
A big heavy opening barrage leads the way on this one, before an almost
narrative vocal in parts from Grohe follows, adding to the splendour of
this one, which is probably the heaviest track off the album.
However, with the heaviness the band still manage to retain the melody,
plus the songwriting on this one is just superb, perfectly showing off
the wealth and variety on offer with this album.
variety continues with the haunting tones of the title track, featuring
another powerhouse vocal performance from Grohe, who soars above all
else, another diverse track that simply refuses to be pigeonholed.
This is just great ROCK, enough said!
‘Me Myself I’ things turn back to the funk-o-metal stylings, with
just a touch of Psychedelia bringing in a bit more of that Alice In
Chains vibe. For those familiar with the band's single release,
then the next song ‘The Heart (Save Me)' will be no stranger.
For those unfamiliar with this song, let me tell you it has it
all. Big licks, a monstrous back-beat alongisde a great
vocal. Definitely one of the stand-out tracks off the album.
big grooved rocker ‘Your Life’ is up next, another great slice of
Modern Hard Rock that just rocks big style, before the tempo is brought
down radically with just vocals and semi-acoustic guitars on the
marvelous ballad ‘I Will Always Be Right There’. This song
reminds me so much of the last song on the film Rock Star ‘Colouful’.
all guns blazing to the end from hear on in, as the last two track
continue that hard hitting vibe. First up ‘Leave My Head’,
before the album closes in style with ‘Come Alive’ being the
veritable icing on this Rock cake. This album might have been a
long time coming, but it's well worth the wait. What you have here
is one of the finest rock albums you’ll hear this year. I can't
wait for album number two. If they stick to this formula, then the
world is 21Octayne’s oyster.
by: Barry McMinn
She's Killing Me
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