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The Poodles Clash Of The Elements Blistering Records
BR028
· Produced By: Mats Valentin

· Running Time: 60.50

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

· Links: The Poodles
96%
Songs: 95%
Sound: 97%
Their debut Metal Will Stand Tall was a sensational, attention grabbing slice of melodic hard rock Scandinavian style, but the heavier follow up Sweet Trade lost a little of that magic, although still got played almost as much as the debut.
Clash Of The Elements sees the band back on top with an album that blends the best of both worlds – a heavier, punchier sound, but equal attention paid to the quality of the song writing and making sure those choruses really deliver.
My one problem here is that the band kicks off the album with a really poor choice of song. Too Much Of Everything hasn't got the punch or the quality of the rest of the album and in my view, the attempt here to be commercial up front fails the album as a whole.
Second track Caroline is a far superior track and a true ass-kicker. Its monster beat, monster chorus and contagious spirit would be a perfect album opener. I skip track 1 each time this CD goes on.
And Like No Tomorrow is the perfect follow-on from Caroline. Less intense, but another huge chorus and immediately likeable.
One Out Of Ten is a monster ballad as most will know by now, followed up by another ear crunching rocker in I Rule The Night.
Elsewhere on the album Give Me A Sign is as good as anything off the debut – perfect commercial hard rock with an anthemic chorus; the moody ballad Can't Let You Go follows 3 individually diverse album tracks; and then the best track of all – the absolute monster anthem that is Don't Rescue Me. Brilliant!
The album closes with a double shot of hard rock and then another anthem ballad Wings Of Destiny, which features some fantastic vocals and harmonies. Another killer track from an album that already delivers several classics.
The new general release version of this album from Blistering Records contains an acoustic version of the track I Rule The Night and two additional video clips (I Rule The Night and Like No Tomorrow).
The Bottom Line
In a word - essential! This is simply a great hard rock record and for me puts the band back on the map as far as anticipating what will come next. Fans of European melodic hard rock should not be without. Their best and most consistent record to date.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Metal Will Stand Tall
· Sweet Trade
· I Rule The Night

Line Up:
· Jakob Samuel: Vocals
· Henrik Bergqvist: Guitars
· Christian Lunqvist: Drums
· Pontus Edberg: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
· The Poodles - Metal Will Stand Tall
· Wig Wam
· H.E.A.T.
Track Listing
· Too Much Of Everything
· Caroline *
· Like No Tomorrow *
· One Out Of Ten *
· I Rule The Night *
· Give Me A Sign
· Sweet Enemy
· 7 Days & 7 Nights
· Pilot Of The Storm
· Can't Let You Go
· Don't Rescue Me *
· Heart Of Gold
· Dream To Follow
· Wings Of Destiny *
· I Rule The Night (Acoustic)

--*Best Tracks


20/03/10: Hollis McCall - hollismccall@charter.net
Rating: 95
Best Poodles album to date. Bet Pontus Norgren is re-thinking his decision to leave the band. Only complaint is the opening track. Fantastic, but feels like a theme song to a James Bond Movie and would have been better placed in the middle or end of the album. I rule the night is the best rocker on the album. Steering wheel of my vehicle has been pounded into submission listening to it while I drive.

08/02/10: Mark Donnelly - mark@journey.freeserve.co.uk
Rating: 94
If you have never heard The Poodles then think of Guns n’ Roses going AOR. This is hard rock oozing with melody. They hit the scene with the excellent Metal Will Stand Tall back in 2006 and followed it up with last year’s Sweet Trade. I am not familiar with the latter album but it was released to mix reviews at the time. Clash Of The Elements is jam packed full of great melodic tracks. The songwriting on this album seems to show a great development of the band.

Too Much Of Everything is an excellent, ultra-commercial, track though perhaps might have been better suited in the middle of the album as opposed to the opening track.

Caroline rocks out and kicks the album into top gear.

Like No Tomorrow is another great mid-paced rocker featuring some great guitars from Henrik Bergqvist.

One Out Of Ten is a superb power ballad and highlights Jakob Samuel’s distinctive raspy vocals. This track also features fine orchestration with some cool violins that really work on this rock song.

I Rule The Night is my personal favourite track and, in my opinion, should have been the album opener. It is also one of the heavier tracks on the album.

Give Me A Sign reminds me of latter day Toney Harnell TNT and features a brilliant melodic chorus with great harmonies. The verses take a juxtaposition to the chorus but add to the overall quality of the track.

Sweet Enemy underlines the great production on this album, courtesy of Mats Valentin. It is an infectious track with great emotional vocals.

7 Days & 7 Nights is a bar room rocker and throws a little bit of blues into the mix for good measure. This is probably my least favourite song on the album but it is still great.

Pilot Of The Storm is yet another great rocker.

Don’t Rescue Me is another incredible power-ballad with yet more great harmonies.

Heart Of Gold continues with the great melodies scattered throughout the whole album.

Dream To Follow is another of my favourite tracks – yet another amazing chorus.

Wings Of Destiny is a great power ballad and reminds me of Def Leppard’s When Love & Hate Collide especially the great harmonies on the chorus.

The bonus track is an acoustic version of I Rule The Night. I normally do not care too much for acoustic tracks, however, this just highlights what an excellent track this is.

Initially, I thought of criticizing this album for not having enough heavy tracks, however, the quality of the songs on offer would make that rather picky. The album is by no means instantaneous but after half a dozen spins you will be guaranteed to be hooked. Every song has been brilliantly written with close attention to detail especially in terms of the choruses.

This is yet just another high quality album from Scandinavia and an essential purchase for all lovers of hard melodic rock!

21/12/09: Zaber - frank@zaber.net
Rating: 100
I have to go with a 100 rating here.. 14 tracks, with easily 10 of them being top quality songs that could be singles. This completely blows away Sweet Trade, and I feel its better and richer sounding that Metal Will Stand Tall, if not by much.

I though Too Much Of Everything was a great start to the album.. very catchy with some good vocal hooks. The only songs that didnt really stand out for me were Heart of Gold,Dream To Follow, and Wings of Destiny.. Considering the other 11 songs were very solid, these are more like bonus tracks.. nothing too special, but still good.

Unfortunately, the chances of seeing the Poodles in the US is less than zero. Hopefully they're release a live DVD soon.

17/12/09: Musicrover - musicrover1@gmail.com
Rating: 95
All I can say is WOW!!!

26/10/09: Robert - robert@weller-online.net
Rating: 95
Third genius strike in a row - After 3 to 4 times listening the complete album grows and grows. I rule the night, one of the greatest rockers the poodles created so far - any second song of this power on the album it would be a 100+ rating.
Happy too see them on tour next week in Germany!!!

26/10/09: Rich C - sentaijin@verizon.net
Rating: 94
I still favor the debut slightly, but love this over Sweet Trade. Main reason: the songwriting. Can't give this close to 100 as the middle portion is a little bit of a letdown after the first few tracks which are monsters. Even with that, these guys deliver the goods. Awesome stuff.

12/10/09: Niraj Kapur - niraj.kapur1@btinternet.com
Rating: 96
The Poodles debut was a classic. Their follow-up was a stinker. Now The Poodles have returned with an amazing collection of songs. Too Much Of Everything. I Rule The Night, Can't Let You Go are mesmerising and Like No Tomorrow and I Rule The Night are also brilliant. Well done guys. Can't wait to see you at Firefest.


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