|Steelheart Wait||Z Records|
This release is a case of good news, bad news. The good news is the album will now be more easily available, after an extremely limited indie US release and a short lived Asian release. Further good news is the fact that the running order will mirror the US indie release – which was far superior than the rather bland Asian running order.|
And lastly on the good news front – you won't have to pay a silly price to own this.
Which is a very good thing, as the bad news is that the album really isn't overly special. It's certainly a long way from the classic debut and rates a distant third behind the band's first two albums.
The line-up has little in common with those first two albums; this is really Mike Matijevic's project. Style wise, it's far more contemporary – mixing modern melodic rock with more classic rock tones, with a strong Led Zeppelin vibe on several tracks – especially the more uptempo ones.
It's musically adventurous, quite complex and well written in places, but I fear that the majority of fans won't warm to the sound or direction.
The main cause for alarm for fans of the band's original sound will be the lack of big choruses or any sleazy anthem rockers.
By now you will be familiar with the album's opening track – We All Die Young, which was re-recorded by Mike for the Rock Star movie. This version is the original – and slightly more laid back.
Live 2 Die rocks nicely, but in a modern and experimental way that won't appeal to some fans. Ahh Song is pure Led Zep – with a modern twist.
Electric Chair is an acoustic driven track that features a strong vocal and modern Led Zep sound.
Wait is a very laid back ballad, but nothing in the style of the old-school power ballad that might be expected.
Garden Of Delight is another musically interesting track, mixing that Led Zep feel with layers of acoustic guitars. Some interesting rhythms and beats are featured, but there's no distinct chorus in sight.
Take A Little Time is a heavy, aggressive modern rock track. Good chorus, but average effects filled verse.
Say No More is a heavy, slow to mid-tempo moody track that features strings and a strong lead vocal.
Shangrila is another Zeppelin influenced track – no real major cause for excitement.
All Your Love is much the same – except in ballad form. Again, nothing that's really catchy or amazing.
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