|Michael Bormann Conspiracy||Indie / NL Distribution|
One of the melodic rock scene's favourite vocalists is former Jaded Heart frontman Michael Bormann.|
He's had some time away, but now returns with not one, but four new projects, the first of which is his brand new solo album Conspiracy. Not surprisingly the album's lyrical content is dominated by the singer's frustration in being ousted from the band he fronted for many years.
But thankfully for Jaded Heart fans, Michael continues on as a solo artist in much the same musical vein as the last few Jaded Heart records.
The songs featured here really are very good. Some quality melodic hard rock and some fine ballads. The only problem for me is that at times the guitar sound sounds a little thin in places, especially on the heavier tracks where more bottom end is needed.
This reflects on the overall production quality.
I think there is some great guitar moments on here though – plenty of solos and some great standout riffs.
Highlights from the alum include the opening title track Conspiracy, a lyrically biting affair with a hard hitting chorus; Stand Up, which has a great Jaded Heart style chorus and some fine lead vocals; Two Of A Kind is a good ballad in duet with (I believe) Anette Blyckert from Alyson Avenue; Living Just A Lie is one of Michael's best rocking anthem's in a long while…great stuff indeed.
The album mellows at this point for a few good more laid back rock tracks. Reaching Out is another high quality track, this time a more reflective rock ballad and On Man One Soul is a perfect moody, venom-laced rock track.
So This Could Be You continues that moody dark vibe and Amazing is a bluesy power ballad of sorts. The closing number Samirangel is a haunting acoustic piece which closes the album in melancholy style.
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