it's only March and again Frontiers Records have taken the lead as label
of the year because they’re continuing to issue great album after
great album this year.
One of those is Treat’s
'Coup de Grace', yes you read it right, Treat are
back and boy are they back with a bang. It may be 25 years in the making
but 'Coup de Grace' is an album worth the wait. This is what the Melodic
Rock scene needs, a solid driving rock album with more great tracks than
you can shake a stick at. It's very rare to come across a band from times
gone by that are still able to produce a truly kick-ass album, because that’s what
Grace' is, a real kick-ass hard rock album that defines both the band's past
and where they are now.
is enough in this album to satisfy the die-hard fans but on the same
front there is enough to push the band forward to bring in a whole new
league of fans.
album opens with the intro ‘Prelude
– Coup de Grace’ before the opener proper ‘War Is Over’, without a
doubt a stirring opener. It's hard to believe that this is only the bands sixth
album in their long career, it shows the band still haven’t lost that
big guitar sound that's been the band's trademark, but now there is a maturity
of songwriting and song construction that only comes with age.
is album that yells maturity but also says the band are still attached
to their roots and both are well represented in this opening song.
more of the same with one of my many favourite songs of the album ‘All
In’, which is to me everything that I want to hear from a Hard Rock song, big
licks, a great vocal and a great sing-a-long chorus. This is a track
that reminds me of my many trips to the city of sin itself Las
Vegas. You can almost smell those fresh packs of cards and hear the spin of the roulette wheel
and the roll of the dice, but believe me the band aren’t taking a
gamble with this album, this album is winner and hits the jackpot on more
than one occasion to a hair metal fan like myself. This song takes me back
to the great days of Sunset Strip.
I said before this album mixes the band's vision of yesterday and today
and the next track ‘Paper Tiger’ is the latter, a real classy slice
of modern Melodic Hard Rock where Robert Ernlund really shows his class
as vocalist, while main man Anders Wikström lays down some great guitar
it's been great hard rock all the way so far, so why not keep it going
as the band unleash another of my favourites off the album, the superb
‘Roar’. A big ballsy anthemic slice of Hard Rock with a monster
chorus that you’ll find yourself singing along to from the off, great
now the mid section of the album and after all the great rocking moments it's
time to bring the tempo down a bit with ‘A Life To Die For’, a great mid tempo
song that continues to retain the class of the previous songs, but with a more
gentler pace. If this was released in the 80's it would have been tagged
"Power Ballad", but that was then and this is now, so I would just say this
is a great mid-tempo ballad. A real touch of class and one where
Wikström shines as he totally makes this one with some great guitar
that short interlude it's back to the rockers, while pulling out all the
stops the band produce my favourite song off the album ‘Tangled Up’, a
great groove filled rocker than has you swaying and moving from the
first few chords and that’s all good as far as I’m concerned, plus
boy what a chorus!
band go all Eastern Promise on us with the great ‘ Skies Of
Mongolia’, again we're pushing back the hands of time on this one, then
back to the more traditional hard rockin’ with ‘Heaven Can’t
the band push the Melodic Hard Rock envelope with the superb ‘I’m
Not Runnin’ and the slick sleazy ‘No Way Without You’, before
bringing that more gentle almost ballad like vibe in with ‘We Own The
Night’. This one has the 80’s written all over it
in keeping with that 80’s sound the album continues with ‘All For
Love’ before closing in superb style with ‘Breathless’.
Overall this is a
real corker of a release which guitarist Anders Wikstrom defines so
“This is our footprint in the history of rock´n´roll”, says Anders Wikström. “We can proudly say that this is the album we would like to show our grandkids”.
01. Prelude – Coup de Grace
02. The War Is Over
03. All In
04. Paper Tiger
06. A Life To Die For
07. Tangled Up
08.Skies of Mongolia
09. Heaven Can Wait
10. I’m Not Runnin’
11. No Way Without You
12. We Own The Night
13. All For Love
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